5th July 2020
My voice you shall hear in the morning
Are you a lark or a night owl?
I have always been a lark, having to get up to see to the animals
(horses and dogs); although in my youth I was also a night owl,
sometimes partying till dawn
but still being up by 7am if having gone to bed at all.
Normally I wake up and my first thought is, 'Good morning, Lord'
before thanking him for the gift of another day.
(At my age that's important!).
On other occasions, less now than in my youth,
it would be, 'Good Lord, it's morning!'
The Psalmist says,
"My voice you shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
in the morning I will direct my prayer to you, and I will look up. (5:3)
If you have trouble getting up in the mornings a great trick,
when you first wake up, is to lie in bed for a minute and refuse to be rushed.
Take time to talk to God, let him hear your voice.
I find this gives me a sense of peace that can set my mood for the day
just by thanking God that I'm alive
and for all the opportunities he will put before me during the day.
Have you ever thought that
'In the beginning was the Word'
is not just a historical statement but a suggestion on how to live.
We organise our lives into days, and in the beginning,
we first wake up
(or the second or third wake up if we roll over and go back to sleep).
Anyway, when we wake up, we need to give ourselves a minute
to take a deep breath and thank God we are alive,
ask for strength for the new day
and to get right with him first before we do anything else.
But I will sing of your strength,
in the morning I will sing of your love;
for you are my fortress,
my refuge in times of trouble. Psalm 59:16.
If our day, like the universe, has Christ at the beginning,
it is going to make a real difference.
Once we've said any sort of prayer,
we can find a way to plan the rest of the day that will,
without doubt, improve our day as we walk with God.