Take for yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the midst of the Jordan… Joshua 4:3 (NKJV)
Finding new ways to praise Jesus always brings me joy, and I hope it brings Him joy, too. Since I like to journal my prayers, I write my verses for exalting and praising the Lord right in my journal. One day I read the story of God parting the Jordan River so Joshua could lead the Israelites into the Promised Land. Before the waters returned to the Jordan, Joshua had the leaders of each of the twelve tribes bring a rock from the river bed to create a tower as a reminder of their miraculous crossing. So, I drew a simple rock tower in my prayer journal with twelve rocks.
Then I chose these prayer verses from the Psalms, underlining the words that describe God:
I will love You, O Lord, my strength.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised;
So shall I be saved from my enemies. Psalm 18:1-3 (NKJV)
Each of the underlined verses I wrote on the twelve rocks in my prayer journal sketch, raising my own Ebenezer of praise and remembrance to Jesus. We don’t worship the rocks, but we worship the One who is the Rock, who has brought us thus far. We can trust Him to guard and guide us forever.
As I exalted my Jesus, He also showed me I had nothing to fear as I faced the tasks of the day. With such a Rock tower as my Friend, I could hide in Him and be safe. He would be my shield and fortress and strength through another busy day. My praise to Him became a promise from God for me.
For who is God, except the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God? Psalm 18:31 (NKJV)
Today’s TEA CUPP: Try drawing your own rock tower in your prayer journal today. Draw 12 stones in a pile. On each stone write a word describing God or giving Him praise. Claim God’s promise to be your Rock throughout the day.
No one is holy like the Lord,
For there is none besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God. 1 Samuel 2:2 (NKJV)
Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” 1 Samuel 7:12 (NKJV)
Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson