Read: In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 1:6-7
Respond: Father, I’m so delighted that You are both loving and sovereign. I thank You for each disturbing or humbling situation in my life, for each breaking or cleansing process You are allowing, for each problem or hindrance, and for each thing that triggers in me anxiety, anger, or pain. I thank You in advance for each disappointment, each demanding duty, each pressure, and each interruption that may arise in the coming hours and days. I can rejoice in God my Savior in the midst of these trials despite these interruptions, knowing that the testing of my faith will result in praise, glory, and honor to You.
Read: Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. – James 1:2-4
Respond: Where do I find joy? Where does peace reside? Where is the abundant life in the midst of trials and suffering? Joy, peace, and abundant life are found in You, Father. I can count it all joy because my Maker, my Defender, my Redeemer, and my Sovereign Savior is never absent. You are always present with me, producing steadfastness, completeness, and freedom.
Read: You, O Lord, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever. On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man. – Psalm 12:7-8
Respond: You are a guard about me, my Shield and Defense. You are on every side of me, so when the wicked prowl, they cannot escape Your wrath and judgment. I am confident in Your presence and participation in my life. And I am sure of Your ability to handle the enemy at any time and any-place. You are exalted above all. You are to be honored above all. You are to be praised.
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Inspired by Ruth Myers, 31 Days of Praise
Meyers, Ruth. 31 Days of Praise. Sisters: Multnomah Publishers, Inc., 1997.