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Do you start some days feeling “low on fuel” like I do?
Every day is fresh and new with grace and opportunity, but sometimes I still need a boost of “rocket fuel” to help me launch with confidence. Back in 2002 I discovered a Psalm that offers refreshment when my heart needs reviving. Here is how it speaks to me and how I apply it.
The Psalm is chapter 5, verse 3, which says, “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”
This reminds me to step back and begin the day with surrender, early in the morning. With all the day’s issues and to do list ahead, Psalm 5:3 encourages me to pray, to remember there is power in prayer. I take a moment to marvel in awe, that the Lord of the universe hears my voice. Since I am wired to be anxious, worrisome, perfectionist, and fearful of uncertainty, it is so reassuring that once I lay my requests before Him, He has them. This shifts my posture from striving to achieve, to abiding to receive. I wait with expectation, and I trust that God “…is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” (Ephesians 3:20)
Waiting can be the hard part. Sometimes God’s pace is standing still with no indication of an answer. Sometimes it is to take one baby step of faith at a time. Sometimes it is to start walking in stride with Him as He reveals each instruction. Sometimes guidance and direction comes like a flood and it is time to run or even sprint. The key for me is to do the part He is asking me to do, and to trust Him to do His part. Not to “over wait,” but also not to “over act.” Embracing the mystery and wonder that His ways are higher than my ways (Isaiah 55:8-9) brings peace and hope to my spirit.
How do the music and words of reflection around In the Morning speak into your story today?