by Pastor Mark Fisher
August 8, 2017
Psalm 5:3&7 NIV
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly… But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence I bow down toward your holy temple.
This was a morning prayer of King David’s; it was a plea for help to His Great King and God. As his day was beginning he foresaw the evil that was around him, so in humility and confidence he sought the Lord early. David knew that because of God’s great love he could enter God’s divine presence to seek His comfort and encouragement. He asked the Lord to lead him in the way of righteousness amidst the evil of his day.
The world has not changed, and neither has our God. Evil abounds, yet grace abounds even more! He remains the same through the ages; therefore we can count upon His great love today as King David did centuries ago. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 NASB
What cares and concerns do you foresee that you can leave at His throne of grace? Can you ahead of time confidently thank God for answering these specific prayers? Faith says yes!
Psalm 59:16-17 NIV
But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.
Psalm 59 begins with the writer asking God for deliverance from his enemies. He spoke of their evil character in contrast to his sincere trust in God. As their intentions were vicious and brutal, his were godly and praiseworthy. So even amidst the fearful difficulties he faced he would praise God. He would begin his day by looking heavenward and praising the God of heaven; praising Him for His attributes of strength and love, and for what he was to him, his strength, fortress and refuge from trouble.
It is wise to begin our day in praise. Satan desires to pull our attention away from heaven towards this earth which belongs to him. And our day may be determined by our morning. Satan wants us to start our day on the wrong side of the bed. Yet with the Lord, there is something special that takes place when we praise; the Holy Spirit is not being grieved through complaints, but He is encouraged through our praise, which allows His grace to begin its daily work in us. And don’t forget, we first sing of His love, which is the greatest motivator; and we also sing of His strength which is the greatest enabler!
Consider, what gets in my way in the morning that silences my praise to God for His love for me? What can I do to deepen my heartfelt praise to God in the morning?
Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust… Psalm 143:8 NKJV
Psalm 90:14 NIV
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Psalm 90 is attributed to Moses, known as the great intercessor for God’s people Israel. In this Psalm he reflected on God’s power and eternality in direct contrast to our temporariness and fragility. As he neared the end of his writing he asked this above request from God. Why this request… Satisfy us with your perfect, trustworthy love as we awaken! Because he knew that if we were satisfied with this perfect love, it would set the course for our day and guide the direction of our life.
The Apostle Paul in greater detail prays, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17–19 NKJV
Let us pray these prayers this week; for ourselves, spouses, family and church family.