Morning: Genesis 10-13; Romans 2:1-24; Evening: Psalm 5
Who is the first to hear you in the morning? Your spouse? Your kids? Your co-workers? Who is the first to hear you say, “Hello,” “Good morning,” “How are you doing?” Who is the first to hear your voice? According to the Psalmist, God was his first. “My voice you shall hear in the morning, O Lord. In the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.” If we walk with Jesus, we too will have to be ardent in lifting our voice to God as a first priority each day. Notice what the gospel writer witnesses of Jesus in Mark 1:35, “Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.”
Though we should not treat prayer as a place where we indulge our personal requests and favors, it is indeed a place where we lift our petitions and requests to God. The Psalmist is not at all ashamed to plead with His Lord saying, “Give heed to the voice of my cry.” His request, however, is not characterized by personal pleasures and wants. Instead, the Psalmist seeks righteousness. He seeks guidance in the way of the Lord! “Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness… Make Your way straight before my face.” The Psalmist seeks companionship with God by committing all his works in the ways and similitude of God.
In the morning, you probably start your day with clear objectives in mind also. Mothers may start their day with clear objectives for their children’s learning. Men may start their day with goals for their business or farm. Owners may start their day with tasks in mind for their employees. Initially, there may be little difference between the start of your day and the day of any other man or woman walking this earth. But that difference quickly amplifies as you open your mouth and direct your voice to the King of all the earth, seeking His guidance and help to accomplish all these objectives in His ways and in His righteousness.
Don’t walk past God’s house in the morning. Stop and make the visit. He blesses those who direct their voice to Him.