In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. Psalm 5:3
There is something wonderful about beginning your day in the presence of the Lord. Like many things requiring discipline, you have to train yourself to be consistent about this, but once you do it will radically change your days.
I like this verse above because it full of promise and instruction and hope. Here are a few things that I have taken from this verse. Hopefully they will help you as well.
- Start your day with God. David is called a man after God’s own heart. He experienced his share of ups and downs in his life. He sinned, he struggled, he was chased, he was a king, he was an adulterer and a murderer. He fathered one of the wisest men to ever live. But his one constant seems to be his relationship with the Lord. Even when he sinned, he felt God drawing him back; whether through a prophet or in his prayers. David began his day with God. We would be wise to do the same.
- God will hear your voice. This is an amazing promise! Have you ever wondered if anyone is listening to you? I know I have. We don’t have to wonder that when it comes to God. He hears our voice. David states this as a fact. We don’t have to light a candle or perform a ritual or be in a certain place for God to hear us, we simply lift our voices to him and know that our words don’t fall on deaf ears.
- None of your problems are too small for God. David says that he lays his requests before God. There are a couple of implications here. First, David doesn’t qualify the type of requests he brings before God. He doesn’t say, “I bring all the huge things before you, because I know how busy you are and you probably don’t care about the small stuff anyway.” He knew, through firsthand experience, that God would listen and provide for all his needs whether they were big or small. I am so thankful for this promise. Some of my prayers are huge and the issue I am dealing with seems to overwhelm me, but some of my prayers are insignificant and seem like they shouldn’t even matter. Both kinds are welcome to God because he knows the small stuff matters to me. Because prayer is an intimate language, we can confidently go before him and leave all of our requests at his feet.
- You can have confidence that God will answer your prayers. David says that he does two things: he lays his requests before God and he waits expectantly. That expectantly is a very important adverb. It means that we give our requests to God, with the confidence and knowledge that he will answer our prayers. We shouldn’t pray to God as a last resort, when all our other options have been exhausted. We should bring our requests to him as soon as they cross our mind, fully anticipating him to work in his pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 8:28)
I know that for years I struggled with regularly having a consistent quiet time with God. Life has a way of getting in the way. But if you will make an effort to start your day with God, it will transform your day. Your transformed days will become transformed weeks and transformed weeks will become transformed years and transformed years will become a transformed life. (Romans 12:2)
What way of managing your quiet time works for you?
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