Daily D – Psalm 5:3
Psalm 5:3 In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. (NIV)
This morning my Apple Watch vibrated to alert me it was time to get up. Atlanta, Georgia is in the Eastern time zone. My watch was correct. It was 5 AM in Georgia, but my body is still more aligned with the Central time zone. I am consuming a second cup of coffee earlier than normal to get thoughts flowing in the right direction.
I did not know where I was when I first awoke. It took a few moments to remember today’s responsibilities and opportunities. On days like this in hotel rooms far from home, I am well pleased by a nice selection of coffee pods for the in-room Keurig.
Rolling out of bed with a simple prayer of thanksgiving, the day at the starting blocks, the scent of dark-roast coffee in the air, this day begins with moments of calm before greeting dozens of friends new and old. Psalm 5:3 offers guidance.
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.
King David declares a lesson well learned and found dependable. It is the kind of practice that becomes a life-giving habit. This habit guides through the good times and the bad, the beauty and wonder of delights new and old, and the difficulty and grinding of hard days and hard times. David began his day with prayer, expectant prayer.
Whereas some people consider prayer a waste of breath, David considered prayer the very air he breathed. He said, “in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” He aligned and attuned his heart and mind with God’s as he began his day. He wanted what God wanted. Look at verse 7:
can come into your house;
in reverence I bow down
toward your holy temple.
David acknowledges God as God. He agrees that he is not. This is a good place to start. He notes God’s nature and character. He proceeds with humility. David knows where his day is going. He knows who he will encounter. He therefore asks in verse 8,
because of my enemies—
make your way straight before me.
Adversarial relationships and challenging work environments make it easy to get off track, to exact a pound of flesh, to have my say. David wants a workaround, a better path, the right path leading to the right destination.
He wraps up this morning song with these words in verse 12:
you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
- King David began his day in expectant prayer.
- He sought God’s clear direction.
- He trusted God to guide and to provide.
Such thoughtful and dependent prayer is why David could write what he did in Psalm 4:8:
for you alone, LORD,
make me dwell in safety.
King David makes it pretty clear: A prayerful life is a productive life. A prayerful life is a peaceful life.
I will enjoy a productive and peaceful day by arising each morning to expectantly pray.
Our Father, thank you for the gift of prayer. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayers. Thank you for answering them better than we pray them. We begin this day in alignment and attunement with your plans and purposes. Lead us in your righteousness. Show us the way we should go. We expect your best to emerge from whatever lies before us as we join you in your work. We look forward to peaceful rest after a productive day. Amen.
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Jonah 4:2, 3 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”
Joel 2:12, 13 That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for he is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish.”
Hosea 14:8, 9 “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.” Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those with discernment listen carefully. The paths of the Lord are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But in those paths sinners stumble and fall.”