Psalm 13:5-6

But I have trusted in Your lovingkindness; my heart shall rejoice in Your salvation. I will sing to the Lord because He has dealt bountifully with me.




Throughout the Bible, there are amazing examples of those who made it a point to praise God, even in the face of adversity. Daniel prayed.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego stood firm in a fiery furnace.  Job, after losing everything, fell to his knees and worshipped. You might be facing some really tough things today. Don’t let them have the upper hand in your life. Worship the King of kings and there you’ll find great blessing.




Psalm 2:8

“Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.”




The famous actor, Anthony Hopkins, once explained, “If we have the vision to do something and can see it in our mind’s eye, then the moving parts to make it a reality have already been set in motion. We simply have to catch up.” Surely God knows what you’ve been dreaming of accomplishing lately. Worship today by trusting that He has already set the moving parts in motion and without hesitation, run to catch up!



1st Corinthians 15:58

Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.




It’s possible to pass through Music Row, Nashville and not even know it. Most record labels operate in what appear to be homes, tucked away, hidden from view. However, behind the scenes are the moving parts that help change the world one song at a time. Discouraged, thinking those good things you do go unnoticed? Be sure; God sees them, and He is using your work to change the world one act at a time.




EXODUS 14: 11-12

11 Then they said to Moses, “Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, ‘Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness.





Did you ever think “If I could just go back, yesterday was better.”  The Israelites thought so as God took them from Egypt by way of the wilderness. This route made no sense to them. They couldn’t see that it was the one which, ultimately, would lead to their freedom. Sometimes, our journeys can be unimaginably arduous. Worship today by standing strong and staying the course. God is leading you to a much better tomorrow.






Proverbs 18:21

The tongue has the power of life and death.




Bob sat across the table from me, newspaper covering all but the top of his forehead. He read aloud. “Full-time worship leader wanted.” Then he looked to me. “You can do that”, he said. That four-word phrase was literally responsible for launching my ministry career. Words are incredibly powerful. Today, make it a point to use yours to encourage. Ask God for wisdom and know that your words might just help someone find their way.



Ephesians 3:20

“Now glory be to God, who by His mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of — infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.”




Perhaps God has placed a dream on your heart. Apprehensive, even doubtful, you go for it. You stretch yourself beyond what you thought you were ever capable of. You lift more than you’ve ever lifted, only to fall short, stopped quickly in your tracks, dream unfulfilled. Remember the greatest good can often be met with the greatest adversity. Worship today by getting back up. Step out in faith. Trust God for details and go again.




Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NLT)

Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant.
If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. 



I was eleven. Uncle Tim and I stood in the church hall as the last of the Sunday school kids took their seats. “Say, nephew”, he said. “When will you sing that song for us?” “Someday,” I replied. He smiled. “You know, someday never comes. How about now?” Realizing he was right, I sang the song. It’s true. “Someday” never comes. Worship today by seizing this time, this moment. and make a difference for Jesus.




Psalm 57:7

My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast.  I will sing and make music.




Sitting with a young composition student, I help him find his way as he places note after note, phrase after phrase, on the staff. He asks a question, I make a suggestion. He responds. I’m reminded: our lives are like compositions formed by choices we make, how we react to what happens around us, and our response to God as He gently nudges us to move forward or rethink. Pen ready? Make today’s composition amazing.





Psalm 62:1

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.




The Colorado Rockies boast 53 peaks exceeding 14,000 feet. My wife and I have had the privilege of climbing a few. Staying focused on the goal has been vital to reaching each summit along with carefully choosing our steps. But more important than these; rest. Life can be very much like climbing a mountain. Worship today by staying focused on your goal and choosing your steps wisely. But above all, remember to rest in Jesus.





From Psalm 13

How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever?
How long will you hide your face from me?

How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?

But I trust in your unfailing love

My heart rejoices in your salvation.




Throughout the Psalms, like a roller-coaster out of control, David rejoices in God’s presence and then a few phrases later, asks how much longer it will be until He remembers him again. Can you relate? When trials come, it’s easy for us to forget what “safe in the Savior’s arms” feels like. Worship today by trusting in His unfailing love. Remember what He’s already done for you and there you’ll find Him holding you close.