‘To Do’ Lists

Monday morning finds me writing out my ‘To Do’ list for the week.

As I think about the coming days and ask for God’s guidance, I make a list of things I need to remember to do. My list helps me focus, and these days, my brain needs the written reminder.

How interesting that I found a ‘To Do’ list in Psalm 105 this morning. The psalmist’s list is pretty comprehensive, and I find that his list needs to be at the top of my list if I am to keep this life in the proper perspective.

To Do:

  • Give thanks to the Lord (verse 1). Begin the day with thanksgiving rather than worries.
  • Make known His deeds (verse1). This is a common command in the Psalms. That is because talking about what God has done and is doing is SO much more important than many of the words that come out of my mouth.
  • Sing to Him (verse 2). Over and over in the Psalms I find the urging to sing to God. Whether the voice is pleasant or not, God wants it lifted to Him. Singing lifts my heart.
  • Talk about His wondrous works (verse 2). Keeping my tongue in line is a constant battle. This will be much easier if I focus my words on God.
  • Glory in His holy name (verse 3). God’s name is holy and powerful and majestic. My glory must be in Who He is.
  • Rejoice (verse 3). This is a command not just a result of something good happening. I am to rejoice in my Lord every day.
  • Seek the Lord and His strength (verse 4). I chase a lot of things, but here I am directed to chase after God. My energy and my heart must be seeking His heart.
  • Remember His marvelous works, His wonders, His judgments (verse 5). This trip down memory lane cannot help but encourage me as I remember all that God has done in my life. As I remember His great grace and faithfulness, my heart gives thanks, sings, glories in Him, rejoices, and His words flow from my mouth.

Five short verses in Psalm 105. Eight simple actions to guide my life.

I think I will post these over my desk to remind me of the important things each morning before I review my own ‘to do’ list.

To remind me that HE IS THE LORD OUR GOD!

To remind me that I may not understand what is going on in this world, but God does,

and I can rest in and rejoice in and give thanks for and sing about and remember that!

Looks like I have plenty to keep me busy.

Psalm 105: O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord. Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore. Remember his marvelous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;

Photo – looking for breakfast, Beth Mims


11 comments on “‘To Do’ Lists”
  1. Gary Fultz says:

    A very good list for sure Beth


    1. gracespeaker says:

      Ah, but the challenge it consistently accomplishing it. 😊

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  2. This is so good, Beth. I keep to-do lists as well but this list is far superior. And I can guarantee that if I keep my focus on this list then the rest of my day will go much smoother.

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    1. gracespeaker says:

      Keeping the ‘main thing the main thing’. Love it!

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  3. Love your Psalms “to do” list! The perfect start to every to do list and everyday. Thanks!

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    1. gracespeaker says:

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Peggy!

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  4. Beth Alisan says:

    What a great idea, Beth! I write daily to do lists and lately I’ve been writing a verse I want to store in my heart at the top of that list so each time I’m looking at my list I’m reviewing the verse too. I think I’ll be turning to Psalms 105 for some list toppers.

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    1. gracespeaker says:

      I like the verse idea, too. As the David said in Psalm 1 – in His law doth He meditate day and night. Whatever helps me do that is worth a try. Blessings!

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  5. Nancy Ruegg says:

    This is wonderful, Beth–finding your to-do list in the psalms! I can see using your list as praise-starters for morning prayer-time too. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. gracespeaker says:

      I find great wisdom in the Psalms. I am constantly going back through them. God has provided so much!

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      1. Nancy Ruegg says:

        Amen to that, Beth!

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