In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:3
Before my first son was born, I remember asking for all sorts of advice on what to do and how to prepare for his first few weeks of life. I got some great advice…..burping, bathing, changing diapers, the best monitor, car seats, high chairs etc. However, NO ONE did or could have, for that matter, prepare me for the fatigue and sleep deprivation that comes along with that first year. Lord help me. No words explain it justly! I remember rocking him at 2 o’clock in the morning, just wishing it was time to brew a cup of coffee. That cup of coffee represented SO much. A new day. The night was gone and I had another chance at this motherhood thing. Maybe he would nap better that day or I would feel more confident or maybe he wouldn’t cry quite so much! Whatever it was, I recognized the power of morning.
Look again to Psalm 5:3. I looked up “morning” in my concordance and it means simply, “at the coming of sunrise” but figuratively it means, “the bright joy after a night of distress.” I would definitely define those long nights with a newborn as distressing! But with the morning brings BRIGHT JOY. Let’s take this a step further. Are you in a night of distress? A season of distress maybe? Friend, be encouraged today that “bright joy” lays ahead.
I also love to think on the truth that he hears our voice. HEARS OUR VOICE. He listens. The Greek root of “hear” in this passage means he “pays attention to our interests.” ALL of them. No matter the silliness or severity of our requests, he listens eagerly and cares about each one. Amazing.
After I read this today, I took my journal and wrote our every prayer request I could think to write. Requests that vary from peace for my sweet uncle with failing health to wisdom on how to make my 18-month-old stop his glass shattering squealing! Then I read them….out loud, because he listens to my voice. And now I “wait in expectation” for Him. Hallelujah.
He is paying attention to you this morning. No matter how long it has been since you’ve prayed or how minuscule the request. He is waiting eagerly to hear your voice. Be blessed today.