I wake before the dawn and call for help; I hope in Your words. – (Psalm 119:147, VOICE)
I get up early in the morning to pray to You. I trust what You say. – (Psalm 119:147, ERV)
I rise before dawn and cry for help; I have put my hope in Your word. – (Psalm 119:147, NIV)
The stillness of the early morning provides the perfect place to pray and set my heart right for the day. When I wake, I am able to direct my mind to my Maker, and allow the truth of His word to cover my countenance before I have a single interaction with another soul. Though I am human and flawed, this practice of seeking space grants me grace that I would not otherwise have, and likely saves many middle school students from responses they’d rather not hear. My patience is still pressed and my buttons still pushed, yet the capacity to extend grace and forgiveness is exponentially greater because my heart is held in His hands. God is good, and He is faithful to answer each request for help that we reach heavenward. His word is trustworthy and true, and we can count on Him no matter what comes our way. May we ever remember to call on Him for help when we rise, trusting that He will be our help throughout each new day.
Early each morning,
I choose rise and pray;
It sets heart and mind,
With grace for the day.
I call to the Lord,
For help He provides;
I trust in His word,
It helps, leads and guides.
Let all of our hope,
In the Lord God rest;
For He hears our cries,
And leads and loves best.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that when we seek You in the early morning, You are present and listening – ready to answer. Thank You that we can trust You and Your every word. Forgive us for not seeking You at the start of our day, or for lacking faith in Your word. Teach us to trust You more, so that we will rise and seek Your help – ever placing our trust in You and what You have spoken. Show us how to love those around us well, so that they might see Your faithfulness through our love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we seek You in the morning and hope in You all day long. Amen.
Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, You who have done great things. Who, O God, is like You? – Psalm 71:19