Tuesday, June 14, 2011

In the morning

It's 7:29 a.m. Ryan took Samuel on a 'fun adventure' to go get a donut (while picking up something at the store for me), Lauren is still sleeping and I am sitting on my porch. Bible in hand, warm sun shining through the windows, cool morning air. It's the perfect summer day.

I'm soaking in every minute of the precious quiet before the day starts.

I'm claiming and believing and praying out loud the words of Psalm 5:
Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my sighing. 
Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.
In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.

I love the word picture this verse presents. Whenever I read it - which had been many many times in the last 5 years - I envision someone on their knees, in the wee hours of the morning, seeking God and praying to Him. I always picture hands palms up as if saying, "I lay my requests here Lord before you. I wait in sweet anticipation of what you are going to do with my requests today."

Praying this verse in the morning seems to straighten out my heart. It gets my priorities in line. It takes my plans and replaces them with the Lord's plans for the day. These words give me confidence that God is listening to my cry, hearing my voice, giving ear to my words.

What does it mean for me to lay my requests before the Lord? I see it as offering Him my desires, my prayers, my longings, my hopes and my dreams. Not just for me, but for those I love.

Some translations use the word eagerly at the end of this passage. This makes me wonder how different my attitude would be if I chose to eagerly wait in expectation for the Lord to act. Would He act more clearly in response to my requests if I had a greater expectation of His hand moving in my life?
I don't know. I don't have answers to my questions.

But today as the bright morning suns warms my skin and the words of Psalm warm my heart, I am asking God to consider and listen and to hear me. I am praying for my husband today, that he could rise above his circumstances, be filled with hope and energy and trust in the midst of this trial in his life.

Oh God we eagerly anticipate you to move in our lives today. We wait in expectation. You are our King and our God and to you we pray.

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