Psalm for the Day
By Carrie L. Reeves
Since before my daughter Liliana, now six, was able to talk, and even now as my son Isaac, age two, is learning, many of our mornings have started out with “Psalm for the Day,” where I read aloud a Psalm, usually followed by a Proverb. I love to fill our home with the reading aloud of the Word of God, with music that glorifies Him, and with prayer. When life gets busy, these things tend to slide out of our daily routine. But when it does, we must re-center on these vital family habits. As Ephesians 6:4 instructs, we should bring up our children “in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Proverbs 22:6 tells us that if we train up our children in the way that is right, they will not depart from it when they mature.
It may be a song sung as Mommy rocks the baby or a bedtime prayer for peaceful sleep. Perhaps it is a midnight prayer for bad dreams or sickness or a quick prayer of just the name of Jesus for protection. Or it’s Mommy and Daddy whispering an immediate prayer for some situation or need of their own or Daddy somewhere in the house travails in tongues. When the anointing of a song she’s listening to prompts her to worship, Mommy may begin to weep as she’s cooking. Whether prayers for big things like future spouses, prayers for small things, long prayers, quiet prayers, loud prayers, mealtime prayers, prayers for the children’s salvation, emergency prayers, prayers that are understandable and prayers that are not – these beautiful sounds should fill the home of a Christian family who loves the Lord. Many times, they have comforted my children when I believe nothing else would have worked. They are what help center the kingdom of God in the home.
Talking to Jesus and praising Him should not be confined to a church pew. They are an anytime experience, integral parts to a relationship with the Lord, both during the good times and the bad. The home should be the first place children learn of prayer and praise in the personal lives of Mommy and Daddy. Many times, I remember hearing my father crying out to God in prayer in our home, and my mother’s precious voice singing I Want to Live the Way He Wants Me To Live, a favorite I have passed on to Liliana and will to Isaac.
And now a “Psalm for the Day” for you: Psalm 8. “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger” (verse 2). Jesus even quoted this verse in Matthew 21:16. The songs and prayers of children can silence the enemy.
Ladies, let us fill our homes with prayer and praise and see what mighty things will happen.
( FROM: Ladies Prayer Intl November 2020 Newsletter – UPCI LM – firstname.lastname@example.org )