Monday morning. The phrase alone evokes different thoughts, emotions and expectations, doesn't it? It's the start of the week, with all its demands, commitments, obligations, school, meetings, work...I'm overwhelmed just thinking about it. Staying in bed sounds so much easier, safer, doesn't it?
Until I pull out and read Psalm 139. I pray it, really, since this psalm is written to speak out loud to Jesus....read it with me...pray it with me...out loud:
1 Lord, you have examined me and know all about me.2 You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them.3 You know where I go and where I lie down. You know everything I do.4 Lord, even before I say a word, you already know it.5 You are all around me—in front and in back—and have put your hand on me.6 Your knowledge is amazing to me; it is more than I can understand.
7 Where can I go to get away from your Spirit?Where can I run from you?8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there. If I lie down in the grave, you are there.9 If I rise with the sun in the eastand settle in the west beyond the sea,10 even there you would guide me. With your right hand you would hold me.
11 I could say, “The darkness will hide me. Let the light around me turn into night.”12 But even the darkness is not dark to you. The night is as light as the day;darkness and light are the same to you.
13 You made my whole being;you formed me in my mother’s body.14 I praise you because you made me in an amazing and wonderful way. What you have done is wonderful. I know this very well.15 You saw my bones being formedas I took shape in my mother’s body. When I was put together there,16 you saw my body as it was formed. All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old.
17 God, your thoughts are precious to me.They are so many!18 If I could count them,they would be more than all the grains of sand. When I wake up,I am still with you.
19 God, I wish you would kill the wicked!Get away from me, you murderers!20 They say evil things about you.Your enemies use your name thoughtlessly.21 Lord, I hate those who hate you;I hate those who rise up against you.22 I feel only hate for them;they are my enemies.
23 God, examine me and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.24 See if there is any bad thing in me. Lead me on the road to everlasting life. -Psalm 139
My perspective is changed, it is transformed! The day and week are filled with opportunities as I acknowledge Jesus made me perfectly and wonderfully for this day and week, and He is walking it out with me, leading me through each moment of each day. I'm choosing to be overwhelmed by God's love and grace instead of by my schedule and responsibilities.
YOU'VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES! You are equipped for the day, my friend. Share this with a friend who may need to hear this today!!
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