Gail Rodgers Sharing the Journey

Hope for the Heart Part 25 - Use Your Voice

The early morning was overcast and dark. The rain drizzled down bringing with it the outlook of a dreary day. I put the coffee on and opened the window to smell the fresh rain. The pleasant sound of birds singing floated in on the morning air.

It took me by surprise. I expect to hear the birds when the morning sun is streaming in… but today, in the rain, their song was beautiful music. These birds were doing what they were created to do… they were praising God with their sweet voices… even in the rain.

A verse from God’s Word ran through my mind:

“Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. You praise the Lord!” (Psalm 105:6)

I thought of how easy it is to praise God when the sun is shining in my life. Yet when I choose to praise Him, even in the rain and when the forecast is dreary, it changes my outlook. It declares my trust in Him as my all knowing, all caring God.

Our word declarations can be powerful in the spiritual realm. Declaring God’s praise is more than positive thinking. As we choose to rejoice in who God is and thankfully place our circumstances in His care, something happens. His amazing peace comes in and shields our hearts and minds… even in the rain.
(Philippians 4:4-7).

Today, in spite of rain… or sunshine… and no matter what the forecast is, choose to lift your voice in praise to God. Praise Him as your all knowing, all caring God who has promised to never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5b). He promises to strengthen you and help you (Isaiah 41:10). Let your breath praise the Lord today!

prayer & reflection

Father God,
Today I choose to lift my voice to You in praise. I thank You that You are with me in the sunshine and in the rain. I praise You because You are all knowing…You see my circumstances and understand them better than I do. I praise You because You love me and You care about me today. Thank you for Your promises to stay right beside me and give me the strength and help I need. May my life be my song of praise to You… even in the rain.
In Jesus’ powerful name I pray, Amen.