Made Me Glad {and a Surprise Treat!}

Meditating on Psalm 92:

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning,
And Your faithfulness every night. (Ps. 92:1-2)

How do you meet the morning of every day? Are your heart and mind eager to open the Word and be immersed, cleansed, and inspired by it? Does your soul long to be in the magnificent presence of the Lord by singing praises from the core of your being and worship Him with gladness and thanksgiving? How do you end your day? Whether it has been productive or wearisome, do you still remember to steal time exclusively for the Lord, to meet Him in your holy evening tryst?

When we stayed in our Church’s Fasting House in Pampanga in late-2004 and our room was adjacent to the chapel, we were awakened by songs of praise from pastoral workers singing in the chapel and music from the piano. At times, even before the glorious light of the sun bathed the morning, I would hear a soul fervently singing, clapping, and worshiping the Lord. I had marvelled how bountifully blessed that soul had been, fellowshipping with the Holy Spirit, crying in overflowing joy, and just basking in the enveloping and empowering presence of the King of kings and the Lord of lords!

I always remember those glorious, albeit suffering-filled, mornings. While I waited for healing and recovery, I daydreamed of someday worshiping God in the mornings and evenings and meeting His presence in the beauty of holiness. Now, my dream has been fulfilled. I sing praises to the Lord upon waking up in the morning and before turning in at night. He has made me glad!

For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work;
I will triumph in the works of Your hands.

O Lord, how great are Your works!
Your thoughts are very deep. (vv. 4-5)

What occupies your desk or your drawer? What can be found on your night table? Besides your Bible and/or your devotionals, do you have song books and hymnals stacked neatly ready to be opened when your spirit hungers for the presence of the Lord? For He inhabits the praises of His people (Ps. 22:3).

But within our Church and homes, it is not only in the mornings and evenings that we sing praises and worship. We also praise through trials, difficulties, sicknesses, sorrow, special petitions.

In the Pastoral and Fasting Houses all over the country, workers and brethren – the elderly or young people, strong or weak, well or sick – praise and worship while on fast. Their strength is renewed, their sick bodies healed while they sing, others dance, jump, and clap their hands, rejoicing before the presence of the Lord.

Those who are planted in the house of the Lord
Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bear fruit in old age;
They shall be fresh and flourishing. (vv. 13-14)

Now, the treat I promised! My previous posts had been rather heavy and serious studies on faith :D. Today, I’d like to lighten up things and share with you these lovely photos of bougainvilleas I had taken recently. I noticed that every time I go out to our garden and around our neighbourhood, bougainvilleas are defiantly displaying their arrays of beautiful blooms in vibrant colors. I hope you enjoy them!

I’m linking up with these lovely blogs.

Journey with Jesus,


  1. Lisa says:

    Beautiful and beautiful!

  2. Barbie says:

    Beautiful post! Lovely pictures!

  3. jdukeslee says:

    Beautiful photos!

  4. Kathleen says:

    How I love the flowers! How cheery! I love my mornings, reading my scripture and/or listening to praise music – singing along… Wonderful post of healing and comfort :) Have a wonderful day!

    • RinaPeru says:

      It’s really the best way to spend our mornings: seeking God and soaking in His presence. I’m glad you liked the flowers :). Blessings!

  5. Laura says:

    How lovely to be awakened by songs of praise! I’ve never heard of a healing house but such a sweet concept. I’m so glad you were able to be nourished in such a place. Wonderful!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Oh yes, Laura, we have them all over the archipelago :). Brethren in Christ who may be suffering from different afflictions – physical, mental, emotional, spiritual – can run to these places (Pastoral and Fasting Houses) and offer prayer with fasting and they will find healing in all their afflictions. Praise God!

  6. Misty Kearns says:

    Thank you for this great post and a reminder to remain in a mindset of prayer and praise too. I too often get busy and don’t spend enough time praising God. (thanks also for linking up at Motivating Monday at CEO of Me last week too!)

    • RinaPeru says:

      You’re welcome, Misty. We need constant reminders that’s why this sharing with each other is a great help. Thank you for the link-up!