Morning Meditations (Psalm 5:1-3)
Psalm 5:1-3, Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
Isaac Newton, one of the greatest scientists who ever lived gave this witness to his faith in God: "I can take my telescope and look millions and millions of miles into space; but I can lay my telescope aside, go into my room and shut the door, get down on my knees in earnest prayer, and I see more of heaven and get closer to God than I can when assisted by all the telescopes and material agencies on earth."
For most, unless we have a scheduled prayer time with God, we will fail in our plans to meet with Him each morning. This is not because we don’t have a desire, but due mostly to the busyness of our day. Don’t desert your daily prayer time, but work to cultivate a constant running conversation with God throughout your day. To ensure our prayers are answered, we must seek to get beyond the five or ten minutes in the morning, and make our conversation with God unceasingly.
1. Pleading Prayer - This psalm was in a dark hour in the life of David. This psalm was probably written in the days prior to Absalom’s rebellion. David begins by pleading to God to hear his prayer. David’s prayer was passionate, an earnest cry to God. His prayer was not in the manner of a manicured Sunday morning prayer, but He was crying out to God passionately in his pain. God knows everything about us, so it’s absurd to try to hide our feelings from Him.
2. Personal Prayer - David was Israel’s king; however, he knew the King of kings. David was in a close personal relationship with God. He was not a stranger in God’s presence. It was God Himself. David would pray to no other god. Only “unto thee will I pray.” As long as he lived, he would direct his prayer to the God of heaven. Prayer should be a personal, intimate relationship between you and God. You must come before Him as your Lord and King. You cannot pray rightly unless you are submissive to do His will. You must know Him as your Lord and Saviour, who invites you to come into His presence through the blood of Jesus.
3. Persistent Prayer - David mentions twice, “in the morning”, concerning prayer. The idea is that David knew the importance of prayer. It is crucial that we begin our day in prayer. John Wesley accredited his long life and health to his consistent practice of beginning each morning with prayer, that began at 4 AM. Spurgeon said, “Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.” As each day began, David persistently prayed to God. That lesson remains to this day. We ought to begin the day with the Lord and that involves spending time with Him in prayer in the morning. Prayer is the key that unlocks all the storehouses of God's infinite grace and power. All that God is, and all that God has, is at the disposal of prayer. R. A. Torrey
PRAYER: Father in heaven, thank You for the precious times I have with You each morning. Thank You for letting me come as a child and place my needs before You in absolute trust that You listen even though You already know, and You answer according to Your perfect will. Continue to guide me into boldly trusting You in new ways in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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