“Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice [or, direct my prayers unto you] for you and watch” (Psa. 5:1-3).
It’s imperative for us to meet God in the morning if we want to have a good day. Jesus got up early in the morning to pray – leaving us a perfect example, “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, he departed and went out to a desolate place, and there he prayed” (Mk 1:35). Here we find the psalmist saying, “O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch” (Psa. 5:3).
Meeting with God is not an appointment on a clock but an appointment in your heart. “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength” (Mk. 12:30. Does God hear your voice in prayer in the morning? When He looks on you at the beginning of your day, does He look on you as a priest who has come to offer Him sacrifices of praise? That’s what “prepare” [direct – NKJ] means (v. 3) – “to put in order” my prayer. It is to arrange, as it were, a sacrifice on an altar before the Lord.
When you wake up in the morning, remind yourself that you are one of God’s priests. ” But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Pet. 2:9). How did you become a priest? Through obedient faith in Jesus Christ (belief, repentance, confession, and baptism). The first thing we ought to do in the morning is the first thing the high priest used to do every morning. He laid the burnt offering on the altar. The burnt offering is a picture of total dedication to God. If you want to have a good day, start by giving yourself to the Lord as a burnt offering. Paul declared, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service” (Rom. 12:1; NKJ). A good day begins in the morning, and it begins at the altar of prayer.
Does your day begin with God? If not, decide to start each morning by dedicating yourself to Him as a living sacrifice and ask for wisdom for the day’s decisions and actions. He wants to direct your life through His word. So view each day as a gift from God and determine to be a good steward of the day’s resources. Make your time with Him a daily appointment. The morning is the finest time for communion with God. Someone once said,, “Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night.”
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