How we start the day often dictates how the rest of our day will go. When we start our day with anxiety, worry and fear, these emotions likely will continue to affect us during the rest of the day. David faced many trials and obstacles; yet he could be encouraged by focusing upon His Lord in the morning. Starting our day with a focus upon God enables us to walk with confidence, peace, and joy. Our life will not be dictated by the events of the day, but by our faith and confidence in our living God.
David shares his faith and confidence in God by writing Psalm 31:3: “For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me.” (Psalm 31:3) David didn’t start his day alone. He was aware of God’s presence throughout the day. Here are three truths about God that gave David peace, joy, strength and direction each day
1. “My Rock”-David understands that God brings stability to his life. We don’t know the future. There are many dangers and pitfalls that we face each day. We are tempted to worry. We feel unable to handle what is happening. We feel like we are drowning; however, we can find stability in the midst of the instabilities of life. God is our rock! He is there to steady us. He is there to enable us to withstand any storm. Like Peter, when you feel like you are drowning allow the Lord to take your hand and place you on the Solid Rock.
2. “My Fortress”-David understands that God brings security to his life. Worry, fear and anxiety can control our days because of our insecurity. We feel insecure about our relationships, our finances, our health, our future, and our reputation. We can say “goodbye” to these insecurities when we flee to our Fortress, the Living God. He can protect us from whatever “enemies” or destructive thoughts that may be attacking us.
3. “Lead me and guide me”-David understands that God brings direction to his life. Each day presents its challenges. Often, we face situations which confuse us. We don’t know what to do. God is our Shepherd. He desires to lead us each day. As we start each day, God will guide us as we seek Him in His Word and in prayer. James shared with his readers: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5)
“Lord, every day has new challenges, problems and unexpected trials. Thank you for bringing stability, security and direction in my life. Help me to begin each day focusing upon you as my Rock, my Fortress and my Guide. Thank you for taking a special interest in me and what happens in my life throughout each day. Amen”