I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in Your word. – (Psalm 119:147, NIV)
I get up early in the morning to pray to You. I trust what You say. – (Psalm 119:147, ERV)
I wake before the dawn and call for help; I hope in Your words. – (Psalm 119:147, VOICE)
I am not certain if it is the ever-changing nature of my job, an ongoing growth in my recognition of my own shortcomings, or simply an acute awareness of my need for God to navigate each day, but whichever takes the lead on a given day, the intentional act of rising early to seek the Lord and hope in His word, grants renewed strength. When my hope is in the Lord and the truth of His word, joy is sustained, no matter what surrounds me. There are days that even so, it is difficult to keep my eyes fixed on Him and the hope He holds, rather than the weight of what lies before me. God is good, and His love endures forever. He is faithful and true, and we can trust in His word. May we wake each morning and present our requests, trusting that what the Lord says, He will do.
Early each morning,
With purpose I wake;
Time spent with the Lord,
His grace I intake.
Grace for the new day,
No matter what comes;
Hope, strength and His love,
As my day’s begun.
Always He’s faithful,
To speak to my heart;
Reminders of love,
His goodness imparts.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are faithful to meet us whenever we come to You. Thank You that when we rise early, You begin our day with Your faithfulness and grace to carry us through. Forgive us for not seeking or for taking our eyes off of the truth that we hold in our eternal hope. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would know the faithfulness that is found in You in all things and at all times. Show us how to love those around us in a way that blesses each with grace and peace. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we rise early in the morning to seek You, and hope in You forever. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always. – Psalm 105:4