Daily D – Psalm 143:8
Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. PSALM 143:8 (NLT)
If you wake me each morning with the sound of your loving voice,
I’ll go to sleep each night trusting in you.
Point out the road I must travel;
I’m all ears, all eyes before you.
A: Do not want to go to bed
B: Do not want to get up in the morning
This is also true of many adults.
The Folgers Coffee jingle is forever embedded in my mind. Sing it with me,
The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup.
What goes in my cup these days is Peet’s House Blend or Peet’s Guatemala San Sebastian. Francisco’s Kona Blend is a nice weekend treat.
My days begin at a predawn hour. This is true even if I decide to sleep late. Our black dog has a stomach clock that is always on time. Two mornings ago when I had to sleep in the recliner with my head elevated due to some minor surgery, she found it convenient to lick me in the face to alert me to the lateness of the hour.
Arising, not always shining, ambling toward the Cuisinart is how I start my days. My bride, for some unknown reason, asked me a question en route this morning. After thirty-five years of marriage, you would think she would have figured out by now that I do not speak before coffee. If I do, it tends to come out less pleasantly than otherwise.
Coffee is not the end game. It is the starting point. Peet and I climb the stairs along with the dogs and arrive at the place where my first and focused attention belongs. My iPad alights and the YouVersion Bible app opens to my daily reading plan.
First things first, I check in with our Father in heaven.
Another old commercial, this one for American Express, said, “Don’t leave home without it.” If at all possible, I do not go anywhere without starting in God’s presence listening for his voice in the quiet moments of each early morning. You get the idea this was King David’s habit. Look at what he says:
Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you.
His first thought in the morning was of God. He who made it possible for him to lie down and rest, who made it possible for him to awaken to the possibilities and opportunities of a new day, was the first one to whom he spoke. As David wrote in Psalm 4:8, “In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.”
The Message paraphrase of this verse says, “If you wake me each morning with the sound of your loving voice, I’ll go to sleep each night trusting in you.”
Evening and morning and all through the day, our Father is with us to show us the way.
David’s morning prayer was not merely a “Good morning, Lord” moment. It was a check-in for the day’s agenda. Listen to the second half of the verse: “Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.” The NIV 1984 puts it this way: “Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”
That’s a prayer worth praying each morning.
Coffee with our Father is the best way I know to begin the day. Listening for his wisdom, applying it to my plans, turning it into a prayer of commitment, and descending the stairs to serve in its direction day by day, week after week, month upon month, year after year is the best part of waking up. I dare not leave home without it.
I will enjoy coffee with our Father in heaven day by day.
Our Father, solitude and silence make it possible for these ears to hear what you are saying. Peaceful rest and strong coffee awaken my mind to discover your daily direction. You faithfully show me the way I should go. Thank you for meeting me here morning by morning. Thank you for guiding me all through the day. Thank you for peaceful rest as I prayerfully lay my head upon the pillow. Amen.
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Jeremiah 35:12-14 “This is what the Lord Almighty, the God of Israel, says: Go and tell the people of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, ‘Will you not learn a lesson and obey my words?’ declares the Lord. ‘Jehonadab son of Rekab ordered his descendants not to drink wine and this command has been kept. To this day they do not drink wine, because they obey their forefather’s command. But I have spoken to you again and again, yet you have not obeyed me.”
Psalm 78:70-72 He chose David his servant and took him from the sheep pens; from tending the sheep he brought him to be the shepherd of his people Jacob, of Israel his inheritance. And David shepherded them with integrity of heart; with skillful hands he led them.
Jeremiah 23:20-22 The anger of the Lord will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand it clearly. I did not send these prophets, yet they have run with their message; I did not speak to them, yet they have prophesied. But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds.