Give ear to my words, O Lord;
consider my meditation.
2 Harken to the to the voice of my cry,
my King and my God,
for unto you do I pray.
3 O Lord, in the morning will I direct my prayers;
Unto you I look up and wait with expectation. Psalm 5 1-3
How does your day begin?
The ﬁrst thing David did each morning was to lift his voice to the Lord. His ﬁrst words of the day were to God. He goes on, “In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.” What a perfect way to begin the day!
Lift your voice to God in prayer. Lay your requests before Him. Set out before Him the things you are going to have to do that day. Commit to Him the problems, the difﬁculties you anticipate. Submit all your decisions to Him.
Morning prayer sets the tone for the day. If our morning begins with worry, that will only increase as the day moves along. But if we start out by enjoying time with God and receiving strength from God, we will more likely remain in his peace as the day continues. There’s no better way to begin the day than with prayer.
May we each bring our requests before Him often…waiting with expectation.
Loving Father, thank you for meeting me in this prayer time. I know that you hear me and care about what I share with you. Thank you for paying attention to someone like me and accepting me as your precious child. Thank you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
“I will praise thee, O Lord with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High,” (Psalm 9:1-2)
David tells us in these verses that he will praise God with his whole heart. He’s giving God everything he has as a part of his praise. He’s not withholding anything from God. Unfortunately, many of us hold out on God sometimes because of fear (perhaps the fear of what people will say or think). We have to move beyond that fear and praise God aloud and with purpose.
Our praise includes telling people about God’s marvelous works. Praise God by telling someone your testimony. Let’s open our mouths and tell the world of all he has done. Let’s sing praises to God and to His name. Even if we’re not the best singers in the world, we can still sing praises to His name.
As you go about your day today, remember God’s marvelous works. Think about all the times He’s delivered you from trouble. Think about all the blessings He has given you. Think about the favor, grace, and mercy He has shown you. When you do these things, I’m sure you’ll begin to open your mouth and sing about His marvelous works.
Loving Father, thank You that in Christ I know Your name, Your character and Your amazing grace, which is poured out in such abundance on all who trust in the Lord Jesus as Savior. I pray that my heart may seek You more and more with each passing day and I ask that You would increase in me a deeper longing to know You more and to love You better, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.