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The Alarm Clock Prayer

Some people say they have an alarm clock in their heads that goes off every morning — just like clockwork. Most of us have to rely on a real alarm clock.

What’s your first thought when your morning alarm awakens you? Hit snooze? Oh no, another workday? Time to exercise? Got to have my first cup of coffee? Thank goodness, another day? It’s possible to have any of these thoughts occasionally — any many others.

This is a scripture blog, so maybe the best thing to do is read a passage of scripture as soon as you turn off the alarm or recite a passage of scripture that you’ve memorized. One of the best passages of scripture I know to begin a new day is Psalm 100.

As I recall, I memorized this Psalm for a Sunday school class when I was a kid. Back then, most of the scripture memorizing I did was from the King James Version, and I’m still inclined to recite the King James Version if I’m thinking this Psalm in my mind or saying it out loud. I also like this Psalm as it appears in the New International Version.

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever. his faithfulness continues through all generations.”

It’s harder to have a bad day when you begin with Psalm 100. I don’t know of a better way to get up on the right side of the bed.

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