January 6, 2018
For the director of music. For pipes. A psalm of David.
Listen to my words, LORD, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong; you destroy those who tell lies. The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, LORD, detest. But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple. Psalm 5:1-7
There is no right time or wrong time to talk to God. In fact, we should always have Him on our hearts and minds. But there is great wisdom in starting each day with prayer. David's repeated phrase of speaking with God "in the morning," is a great model for us to follow.
David's desperation for God's help causes him to cry out. David knows that much of what will happen during the day is out of his control. So he lays his requests before God in an act of dependence and surrender. Then he waits "expectantly" for divine leadership.
David has confidence because of God's character. God detests arrogance, lying, murder, wickedness, deceit, and evil of any kind. David knows that God will always do what is right. And he knows that because of God's mercy, he--a sinner--can approach the living God and worship Him.
Father, like David, my confidence is in Your character. You do all things right. I approach You today based on Your great love. I am desperate for You. I wait on You to lead me throughout the day. In Jesus' name. Amen.