Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
God is good and giving him grateful praise through songs is a beautiful way to worship him during your prayer time and it also refreshes your soul. It doesn’t matter how well you sing; what matters is that it comes from your heart.
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
My love for God and gratitude for his mercy and goodness inspires me to share his love with others. Let’s motivate each other and encourage acts of love and service for those in need so that our heavenly Father would be glorified. We need to do something, help somebody, invite someone, if not us, then who will?
But the pot he was shaping from the clay was marred in his hands; so the potter formed it into another pot, shaping it as seemed best to him.
We are the clay, marred by sin and imperfect, feeling unusable. But in the potter’s hands we are transformed into a new creation. If we give ourselves to God, he will mold us into a vessel fit for his purpose and every good work he has planned for us.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
One way to build your relationship with God is to spend time with him in prayer. Dedicate time each and every day to talk with the Lord and to listen to what he is saying to you. Praise him for all that he is and thank him for his love and mercy.
Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord.
God wants you to come to him with the good, the bad, and the ugly. He already knows but he wants you to bring it to him. It doesn’t matter what it is anger, frustration, confusion, pain, suffering, bring it all to him. Don’t hold in whatever is bothering you inside. It’s okay to pour out your heart to God and tell him how you feel, then let the healing begin.