Shout for joy to God, all the earth!
Sing the glory of his name;
make his praise glorious.

Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power
that your enemies cringe before you.

All the earth bows down to you;
they sing praise to you,
they sing the praises of your name.”
— Psalm 66:1-4 NIV

Read the whole passage here.

Have you ever taken a moment to dwell on the majesty of God? Or be in awe of His creation? I want you to read over the Psalm one more time and take some time to simply be in wonder of our God. The author of this Psalm speaks about His awesome deeds, how He delivers His people over and over again, and even how the earth bows down to Him. So how does the author respond to His marvelous deeds? With PRAISE. Even when he was tested and brought through suffering, he praises the Lord for bringing him to a place of abundance and listening to his prayers. 
 

So often we forget just how faithful the Lord has been in our lives, yet it is these times that become the building blocks for our faith and trust in Him. When was a moment that was painful or difficult or lonely for you? Okay now I want you to think about where you are currently. Think about how much stronger you are now and more refined then you were before that happened. The Lord delivered you from that place and He will do it again. And again. And again. The writer of this Psalm knows that life isn't easy and their will be trouble, but he chooses to be thankful in the midst of suffering because He knows the Lord is with Him and that He is good through it all. 
 

a practical step

I want to encourage you all to live in a place of awe this week. When you are walking to class, be amazed by His creation around you. In your quiet time, praise Him for the ways He showed you His love that day. Take time to celebrate the victories in your life, even the small ones. When you begin living your life from a place of gratitude and praise, your perspective on everything will being to shift and you will find yourself walking in more joy and more excitement for what is to come. 
 

Pray

Lord,
I praise you for your goodness. You have never left my side and I thank you for that. I pray you continue to expand my awe of you every single day. Thank you for your love!!
In Jesus' name,
Amen