Recently I have had a bit of time on my hands and this has meant I’ve had the opportunity to do my devotions with far less time constraint. I’ve taken the opportunity to praise God more openly for all he has done for me, I’ve been trying to get closer to him by ‘Entering his gates with Thanksgiving’, (Psalm 100:4) and I certainly have a lot to be thankful for in my life so this extra time has well and truly been taken up just praising him on paper and in my heart.
It has forced me to change how I approach God, where I used to come to him with my list of requests (which in hindsight was more like a hostage situation list of demands) I now have to humble myself before I can even approach his throne by ‘entering his courts with praise’ (Ps 100:4).
My requests actually seem a lot more tangible and easily provided for when I stop to think about the amazing things he has already done and continues to do daily in my life.
My new daily routine in the morning will be ‘Praise’ (to enter his gates), ‘Prime’ (my mind and heart through his word), ‘Prepare’ (the rest of my day, because if I’m Praised and Primed, nothing can stand in my way, except forgetting to get dressed). Before I read the paper, watch a movie, do some music practice, eat food, answer emails, check Twitter and Instagram, my day must be “Triple ‘P’ed “.
Your life may not be exactly where you want/expected it to be this Christmas but there is always something to be thankful for, Jesus was born in the dirtiest place available so that God could come down to earth not as a Mighty King but as a Humble King to live and die for us. The ultimate regift this Christmas comes by giving Christ your heart, so he can clean it up and give it back better than before.
“Give thanks to him and praise his name for The Lord is Good and his love endures forever, his faithful endure through all generations.” (Psalm 100:5).