Morning by Morning, November 8 - "Look Up! Look Up!"
Good morning, Lord Jesus. All to You, I surrender. All to You, I entrust my heart and mind and soul and strength. Align my heart with Your heart and my thoughts with Your thoughts as I seek to begin my day embraced by my Father, centered in Christ, and filled with the Holy Spirit. ...
"To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens!" (Psalm 123:1)
I hear in my heart this morning, "Look up! Look up!" ...
Yes, Lord. I look up to You. I lift up my heart to You; I open up my spirit to You. "My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct (my heart and my prayer) to You, and I will look up" (Psalm 5:3 NKJV).
As I'm looking up, You're lifting me up in spirit. Your holy angels lift me up and Your Holy Spirit fills me up, as You draw me into "the secret place of the Most High" and invite me to "abide under the shadow of the Almighty" as my "Refuge and my Fortress, my God (in whom) I will trust" (Psalm 91:1-2, 11-12 NKJV).
Yes, Lord. By the power of Your grace I "have been raised with Christ, seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (I) set (my) mind on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, for (I) have died, and (my) life is hidden with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:1).
Yes, Lord. "I lift up my eyes to the hills -- from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let (my) foot be moved; He who keeps (me) will not slumber. He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is (my) Keeper; the Lord is (my) Shade at (my) right hand.... The Lord will keep (me) from all evil; He will keep (my) life. The Lord will keep (my) going out and (my) coming in from this time on and forevermore!" (Psalm 121:1-8).
Lord, keep my spirit looking up throughout the moments of my day. As I do, You will guide my steps, guard my heart, and direct my path to walk in the way that leads to life in You. "You, O Lord, are a Shield around me, my Glory, and the One who lifts up my head" (Psalm 3:3). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.