Worship Wednesday- A Christian's Daily Prayer
This post was a bit of a struggle to be honest. A week of wet basement, which is now just moist and musty, repair estimates, band prep, Dadding... I feel kind of distracted. I wish I'd spent more time in the Word, wish I'd spent more time doing lots of things, but that's not how things worked out. And you know what? That's ok. Even when I'm feeling pulled all over the place and anything but profound, which is most of the time, it's so good to listen to my song of the week and reflect back on what God has done. Up today is A Christian's Daily Prayer.
This is the perfect song for me in the morning, or before bed, or really any time. So often I awake with little to no energy to face the day. Rather than feeling refreshed, I feel lethargic and ready for a few more hours of sleep. In the early months of 2018 this was particularly pronounced while I went through depression. As I awoke, I'd have a few blissful seconds of hazy semi-consciousness where the reality of my world hadn't quite set in. It was like being under the imperious curse (for you Harry Potter fans) where everything was a bit fuzzy, and then the drowning shouts of all that had happened settled in.
If you've ever been through something life-altering I'm sure you know what I mean. It can be good or bad things. You wake up and it takes a minute to remember you're leaving for Disney World the next day, or that you just lost your job, or that you're getting some important results from your doctor that afternoon. Sleep is such a blessing in that way; letting us take a break from the weariness of the world. Another small grace from the Lord I too often take for granted.
But, we all wake up. And then life settles in. That's where a prayer like this song is so helpful. There is reminder after reminder of God's sovereign hand in all aspects of life. Each hour is His, each deed empowered by Him, all for the sake of His glory.
And so, we move throughout our days, sometimes very aware of the weight of the world just under the surface of our "I'm doing fine, how are you?" smiles. Hours go by with busyness, parenting, work, exercise, and Netflix, all distracting us from that weight. I think that's where I ran too often to companionship, when I didn't want to be alone, knowing I'd have to think about my life... knowing how discouraged I'd be.
As the sun set day after day this song would play again and remind me that God is still with me. Though my physical and emotional strength was fading, God's strength remained. He never sleeps. He consistently abides with me. These truths, reflected in the words of this prayer, would strengthen me to find rest and start the process all over again.
Life is like that. Day after day, routine after routine. There's nothing wrong with that, as long as that routine doesn't distract us from our real goal. How easy it is to get sucked into the rhythm of our lives. How quickly I forget I was made for something so much greater. As the final verse of this song says, our trials and suffering will soon give way to final victory. What a great day that will be!
But while we wait, it is so critical to have songs like this and the scriptures that fuel these songs on a daily basis. I'm not saying you need to spend an hour a day in the Word before you get your kids up, although if you have the time I would say go for it. But listening to the right music, reading a Psalm, or spending a few of those waking moments in prayer orients us to the world we were made for like nothing else. Hearing from the Lord as we start our day reminds us of who we are, and more importantly who He is. That's why the "Daily" part of this song is critical. We are so forgetful, and yet God is so gracious in reminding us of His faithful love, day by day.
A Christian's Daily Prayer
by Matt Merker, Dave Fournier, & Jordan Kauflin