‘In the morning, Lord , you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. ‘ – NIVUK
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
Does Prayer or reading the Bible feature in your morning routine?
King David may be referring here to private prayer, a spoken formal prayer, or even the morning sacrifice in the Temple.
But he emphasises the timing – in the morning – twice in the same sentence.
The start of the day and the Lord is being reminded that David is already starting the dialogue – you hear my voice.
It is also an affirmation that God is listening.
David lays his requests before God.
There is no further definition of what those requests are.
There is no judgement posed by defining the specifics of what he requests – neither should you judge yourself on what you pray for.
Then David waits expectantly.
He knows the reply will come.
Morning routine is a hot topic.
I’m sure if you run a web/video/podcast search, it will result in more to read/watch/ listen to than you will have mornings in your life time to occupy.
There is an abundance of top executives, leaders, sports people, and creatives, who all swear by their morning routines as a pathway to their success.
King David already had it locked-down all the way back in the Psalms.
Our morning routines will probably fall somewhere in between the two following happenings: early, organised/compartmentalised, drinking water, eating breakfast, perhaps exercise, maybe meditation; or, hitting the snooze button, oversleeping, rushing around, drinking anything as long as it has the maximum amount of caffeine in it, with promises of breakfast as you run out of the house.
King David’s morning routine is simple.
He wakes up and he talks to God.
How do you think your life would be different if the first person you spoke to when you awoke was God?
Make your requests.
Tell God what you hope the day will bring. Share your worries and concerns. Remember others.
The Bible app YouVersion allows you to set up a ‘verse of the day’ message to come through to your mobile at a specific time. So, alarm sounds, you grab your phone, switch it off, a verse from the Bible is there waiting for you.
Talk to God. Listen to his Word as you make your morning coffee/tea. Pray.
Try it even for a week and see what a difference it makes.