Though the fig tree does not blossom And there is no fruit on the vines, Though the yield of the olive fails And the fields produce no food, Though the flock is cut off from the fold And there are no cattle in the stalls, Yet I will [choose to] rejoice in the Lord ; I will [choose to] shout in exultation in the [victorious] God of my salvation! The Lord God is my strength [my source of courage, my invincible army]; He has made my feet [steady and sure] like hinds’ feet And makes me walk [forward with spiritual confidence] on my high places [of challenge and responsibility].
Habakkuk 3:17-19a AMP
This morning, I am reminded that the day will bring its challenges — but that a person who has prepared for the day’s challenges by remembering their many blessings and praising and rejoicing the Lord will be ushered near to Him.
Enter His gates with a song of thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, bless and praise His name. For the Lord is good; His mercy and lovingkindness are everlasting, His faithfulness [endures] to all generations.
Psalms 100:4-5 AMP
What a wonderful way to begin our day with the Lord – to enter with joy, thanksgiving, and praise!
Now that our hearts and minds are prepared for the day, and we have laid down our pride and expectations and demands for the day to meet us “on our own terms” — what will we learn today?