Sunday, February 4

Psalms Sunday #5

Psalm 5

For the director of music. For flutes. A psalm of David.

1 Give ear to my words, O LORD,
consider my sighing.
2 Listen to my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.

3 In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation.

4 You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil;
with you the wicked cannot dwell.

5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence;
you hate all who do wrong.

6 You destroy those who tell lies;
bloodthirsty and deceitful men
the LORD abhors.

7 But I, by your great mercy,
will come into your house;
in reverence will I bow down
toward your holy temple.

8 Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness
because of my enemies—
make straight your way before me.

9 Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;
their heart is filled with destruction.
Their throat is an open grave;
with their tongue they speak deceit.

10 Declare them guilty, O God!
Let their intrigues be their downfall.
Banish them for their many sins,
for they have rebelled against you.

11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.

12 For surely, O LORD, you bless the righteous;
you surround them with your favor as with a shield.

3 In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait in expectation.

I love watching the sunrise and am up early enough most days to do so. It displays itself right outside my kitchen window, and it is glorious. I can't wait for the weather to warm up a tad, so that I can sit out on our deck, Bible and coffee in hand, enjoying the sunrise in all its splendor while spending time with God.

There is something wonderful that happens when God is your priority in the morning..... before you really start your day. The day just seems to flow much more smoothly. David knew this. He woke up and right then and there poured his heart out to God. And do you see the key part in verse 3?? He waited in expectation!!!! He knew that God would hear his petition and that God would answer his prayers. No sense worrying in the morning, or for the rest of that day. God had heard him and God was his shield.

I don't always put God first in the mornings, but I long to. I mean to and I want to. But it can be so hard at times to get out of bed earlier, especially when I am so comfortable and oh so tired.

But, I can tell you, there is such a difference in my days when I do make Him first. When I take in that sunrise first thing, smile at its magnificence and then retreat into prayer and devotions. So, let's be like David....let it be the first song that we sing and let us forever sing with joy (v. 11)

Now, listen to this song by Sara Groves called First Song That I Sing.

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Here are the lyrics....

In the morning when I rise
Help me to prioritize
All the thoughts that fill my day

Before my schedule
Tells me that my day is full
Before I'm off and on my way

I want to praise you
I need to praise you
Let the first song that I sing
Be praises to my God and King

Before the curtains part
Before my day is starting
Before I make up the bed

Before the snooze alarm
Reminds me that it's morning
Before the dreams have left my head

I want to praise You
I need to praise You
Let the first song that I sing
Be praises to my God and King
(Praise the Lord, Praise Him)
(Praise the Lord, Praise)

Before my feet hit the floor, I'll praise you Lord, I'll praise you Lord
Before I fill my cup, I'll lift you up, I'll lift you up
Before I start my day, I'll sing Your praise, I'll sing Your praise
Before I start my car, before I get too far....