Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! Dear Lord Jesus, though my memory isn’t what it used to be, I join King David today in giving you praise today for Who you are, and all the good gifts you lavish on us in the gospel. I praise you that irrespective of changes in my brain chemistry, you’ll never forget me. This is my great hope and centering peace. But while they are fresh on my heart, here are a few things for which I am especially grateful as this day begins. I praise you for forgiving all my sins—past, present, and future—sins of thought, word, and deed. How staggering a thought! I used to think you forgive only confessed sins, but now I realize I’m probably aware of only 4 percent of my sins. But your blood covers the other 96 percent as well. Praise the Lord, O my soul, for a perfect and complete forgiveness! I praise you for securing and healing all my diseases—diseases in my body, heart, and mind. Thank you that I am already healing because of your sacrifice you made for us, and all we must do is have faith and receive our healing by Jesus’ scripts. Praise the Lord, O my soul, for present, ongoing, and a secured complete healing! I praise you for redeeming my life from all pits—the pit of eternal separation from God, the pits others throw me into, the pits I naively fall into, and the pits I foolishly dig for myself! You’ve bought and brought me out of all pits into your embrace by taking the ultimate “pit” of God’s judgment for us on the cross. Praise the Lord, O my soul, for an-all-pit redemption! I praise you for crowning me with your love and compassion. You’ve taken away all my guilt and you’ve borne all my shame. My conscience is no longer under the law and condemnation, but under grace. Praise the Lord, O my soul, for your mercy and grace every morning! I praise you for satisfying my desires with good things. Lord, I praise you for both my spiritual and natural family, and friends I minister to, the rainbow you painted in the shy, the recent encouragement from a friend, and the sounds of great music. Praise the Lord, O my soul, for a God who takes my desires seriously and satisfies them in countless ways! Lord Jesus may the unsearchable, innumerable, and inexhaustible riches of the gospel as it renews me daily with youth-like energy, that I may soar like an eagle and live to the praise of your glorious grace! I pray in your holy and loving name Jesus, Amen.
Reading: Day # 7 (Luke 19-21)
I have read my Scriptures and will continue until I am finished.