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. Psalm 5:1-3 (NIV)
How will you begin your day? Will you start your day with me? Will I hear from you in the morning? Will you come to rely on me? Will you lay your requests before me? Will you wait patiently and expectantly for me to hear and answer your prayers? Will you begin your day by focusing your heart and mind and life on me? What is the alternative? Do you want to live out the alternative? No, I don’t think so. No, I’m certain that I don’t want to live out the alternative. I do think it would be very helpful for me to consider the alternative. Yes, I do too. Let me hear you describe the alternative.
I am somewhat of an expert at living the alternative to what your questions suggest. How so? I have stayed up late and gotten up even later. I have overslept. I have hurried to get started. I have raced to get going. I have been frazzled and harried and rushed to get to where I needed to be without being late. My heart and mind and life have arrived unfocused and scattered. I have lacked direction. I have had no purpose and plan. But, I have arrived. Now what, I have asked myself. Who knows, I have wondered. At least, I got here almost on time. At least, no one has noticed my lack of preparation. At least, no one has noticed that I have no purpose and plan. At least, no one knows that I have not been ready to know and do your will. You think so? No, not really. You have noticed. I have noticed. It is foolish to think that others have not noticed. That’s true.
I hate living that kind of life. I hate living an unfocused and scattered and unfruitful life. I want to know and do your will. I want to have my heart and mind and life focused on you. I want to meet with you in the morning. I want to receive your instructions. I want to follow your guidance. I want to lay my requests before you. I want to wait patiently and expectantly for you to hear and answer my prayers. What will you do? I will meet with you in the morning. I will give my day to you. I will ask you to guide me. I will do what you ask of me. I will listen to your voice as you listen to mine. That will be very good.
Lord, in the morning I will meet with you. In the morning, I will come to you. In the morning, I will give my day to you. You will hear my cry. You will know I am relying on you. I will lay my requests before you. I will wait for you to hear and answer my prayers. Amen
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