In my quiet time this morning I came across this verse:
But as for me, I will sing about your power. Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love. For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress. O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love. Psalm 59:16-17
As I said, I am not a morning person, so singing is not something I want to do or hear at 6:00 am, but in my heart I can still be joyful and praise God. Joy is different from happiness. I am not happy to be awake, I don't feel like smiling and singing. Joy is a calm delight, a peaceful spirit, a certainty that God is in control and He's got me in His hands. No matter what may be going on in my life, He is still God and He is much bigger and stronger. He is my refuge and safety.
If I can start everyday in that way, it shifts the perspective for the entire day from me and my problems and what I need to do, and places it on God and who He is and what He can accomplish in and through me. He is the leader, I am the follower. He is the potter, I am the clay. I don't need to worry or stress, just praise. If I have a day when I feel unloved by the world and the people in it and I can be confident in God's unfailing love. My identity, security, and purpose are planted firmly in Him. So, despite the early morning- It is well with my soul.