Daily D – Psalm 143:8-10
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. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing. (NLT)
Let me experience your faithful love in the morning, for I trust in you. Reveal to me the way I should go because I appeal to you. Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I come to you for protection. Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me on level ground. (CSB)
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. Save me from my enemies, God— you’re my only hope! Teach me how to live to please you, because you’re my God. Lead me by your blessed Spirit into cleared and level pastureland. (MSG)
Expand your prayer habits and vocabulary by praying the prayers of the Bible. Some of those prayers are for special occasions or significant moments. Some of those prayers provide daily direction. Psalm 143 is a good daily prayer, particularly verses 8-10. Pray with me.
How can we hear of God’s unfailing love each morning? We can immediately turn our thoughts to him when awake. Our first words strung together into sentences, silently or aloud, should be a prayer of gratitude and expectation. King David prayed in verse 8, “I am trusting you.” The Message paraphrases this verse beautifully:
If you wake me each morning with the sound of your loving voice, I’ll go to sleep each night trusting in you.
Trust God each evening for rest. Thank him each morning for making it happen.
As David does so many times across the Psalms, he declares how God is his hiding place:
Save me from my enemies, God— you’re my only hope!
Verse 9, The Message
God has a plan and a purpose for our lives. David activated that plan each morning by asking for necessary instruction and clear direction.
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God. May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
Verse 8, NLT
Read and pray the rest of the psalm for additional clarity.
It takes time to create habits like this. Make time to develop this life-giving, God-honoring, destiny-shaping prayer habit. It will enrich your walk with God. It will empower your productivity and maximize your effectiveness.
These are not magic words. These are words prayed by men and women, boys and girls, across the arc of history, which God preserved to teach us to pray. When we pray like this, we join with those who have known and experienced God and walked with him in daily dependence and delight. We learn how to pray, yes, and even more, we learn how to live.
The psalms are words of people like us God has preserved as his words for us to teach us how to pray, how to live, and how to express our love for God and the people he places in our lives.
Let us pray.
I will learn to pray, to live, and to praise and thank God using the prayers of those who have known and experienced him across the ages.
Our Father, thank you for preserving for us a whole book within the Bible to teach us to pray. Thank you for this gift. May our last thoughts be shaped by these thoughts as we lie down to rest. May our first thoughts upon awakening find expression in these words long treasured and our own in full allegiance and confidence in who you are. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.