I'm once again reminded of school, as I sit by my computer the night before this devotional is due struggling to write. I didn't expect I'd be asked to do this. I certainly wanted to say no, but upon re-reading the invitation to write, it appeared this was not something I could get out of. So, I'll try my best to put my thoughts into words regarding these readings.
I've read this psalm many times over, and the word that's been sticking with me is "all." "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name," more often than I would like, I find myself not giving God my all. I'll give him what I feel comfortable with, and maybe a little bit more. I'm anxious about not having control over things, so what I think I can control I like to hold onto. It's a journey I've been on for a very long time. The times I haven't had control in my life were terrifying, but those moments have shaped me into who I am today. While not having control is hard, giving it to the one who is wise and all-knowing is one of the best decisions I've made. How can I praise God with all my soul if I don't give everything I have to him?
God, give me the courage to continually surrender my life to you, give me strength and faith that I might give full control of everything I am and everything I have to you so I may praise you with it.
Another great kid in our youth ministry who loves walking with Jesus!