Psalm 91:4 – He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; his truth shall be your shield and buckler. (NKJV)
I don't know about others, but I tend to value my sleep. I love to sleep; however, due to my busy schedule I really don't get to go to bed as early as I would like. Usually, I am up writing a paper, talking to a friend, or witnessing in the many Internet chat rooms. Since I do not get to go to bed until late, I love to sleep in the next day as much as possible, if I have nothing to do. However, something always tends to wake me up. In the summer, it is usually the birds that I credit with my wake-up call. The birds outside my house start singing somewhere around five o'clock every morning. Now, I love the birds, but, at five in the morning, I would not care if God had left them off His creation checklist. My parents tell me to be thankful for the birds because they are singing the praises of God, but I tell my parents that, if the birds would wait a few hours until I wake up, I would help them praise God.
Even though the birds tend to get on my nerves early in the morning, they also have taught me a very important lesson. They are so prompt and so committed to get out there and sing every morning. Even if it is raining, they take shelter under the branches of the large pine trees in my front yard and continue with their praises. They are free to praise God and they don't let anyone hold them back. I guess that is where we get the phrase, "as free as a bird". From their undying devotion, I have learned that we need to praise God devoutly. Many times we let the things of the world get us down, and we forget to praise the One who created us and who delivers us from our afflictions. We need to learn to take shelter under the wings of the Almighty like the birds that take shelter under the limbs of the pines, and we need to keep on praising Him. I thank God for the message that He gave to me through the birds.
Psalm 34:1-3 – I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. (NKJV)
Psalm 145:9-10 – The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works. All Your works shall praise You, O Lord, and Your saints shall bless You. (NKJV)
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, teach us to praise you consistently. Lord, forgive us for our failings and our unfaithfulness. Guide us into your tender mercies, and teach us to praise you in the times of trying faith. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.