Often when I’m studying God’s Word, a song comes to my heart to sing. Lately it’s been an old favorite that I first heard in college: “Take My Life” by Chris Tomlin.
Each line compels me to a deeper level of holiness. It draws me into dying to myself, giving ALL of myself to the Lord. This is the second post in a series from the song that focuses on each line.
This week I’m talking about these two lines:
Take my moments and my days.
Let them flow in ceaseless praise.
More than any other line of the song, this is the one that I pray most often. As a busy mom of toddlers, it is easy to let my moments get away from me. It is easy to chase my boys around, and get frazzled about messes, and be distracted by all there is to do in our home.
Sometimes I end the day wondering where the time went. I look around the house and see messes, and can barely tell that I did any housework at all. The moments of the day seem to have slipped away from me as I was more focused on messes and obligations than I was on the Lord.
But often, I sing this song to the Lord. I pray to him, “Take my moments. Let them flow in ceaseless praise to you, my Lord.”
And when I start my day in this frame of mind, I spend my day well. I may still have moments that are focused on the mess, but I have more moments that are focused on my Savior. More moments that are focused on pleasing Him. More moments that are focused on loving my children, showing them grace, and teaching them His Truth. More moments that are focused on honoring and respecting my husband. More moments that truly flow in praise to my Lord.
These moments build to form my days. These days build to form weeks. The weeks turn into months, and the months turn into years. Moments of praise turn into a lifetime spent for the glory of the Lord. It starts today. Right now. In this moment. Praising the God who created each moment that I’m alive.
He truly deserves ALL the glory, ALL the honor, and ALL the praise.
“Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”