Before The Day

“In the morning, O LORD, You hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation” (Psalm 5:3 NIV)

Psalm 5 is considered a lament. The primary function of a lament is to ask the Lord for help in a troubling situation.

King David had many situations that troubled him.  Psalm 5 doesn’t give the specific experience from which David wrote. We only know it was a troubling one. Though different than his, we have our own troubles as well. This world, the pressures of our jobs, personal relationships, struggles with illness and many other things can be troubling. These troubles often consume so much of us that they make worship seem impossible.

Recently, I downloaded a song from iTunes that I first heard some years ago, but had not heard in a long time. It is called Before The Day.  Before the Day was written and recorded by the group NewSong. You should listen to it. It will bless you!

This song has consumed a lot of time on my personal playlist. There are two primary things I remember about the first time I heard this song. First is how beautiful the lyrics are and how fittingly softly they are sung. The song’s theme centers on the value of beginning the day by spending time with the Lord.

The second thing I remember is the story the singer told as he introduces the song on this live recording: the story about a friend who refers to his early morning quiet time as “Going steady with EDDY”. What this friend means by EDDY is this:

  •  you do it Early,
  • you do it Daily,
  • you do it Diligently,
  • and you do it Yielding.

The singer then shared that his own experience. If he doesn’t have his quiet time early, he doesn’t have it at all.

As far as I can tell, the Bible doesn’t prescribe a particular part of the day that’s best for our quiet time with the Lord. What’s most important is that we take this time every day. My sense however is there is no better time than in the morning. There’s no one better than Lord to help us prepare for the day and the anxiety that waits to rush in, sometimes even before our feet hit the floor. The morning offers a great time of refreshing, a time for us to focus on God, to speak to Him, and most importantly, to sit quietly while He speaks to us.

Seek the Lord each day, dwell in His presence, carry Him with you wherever you go and trust that He will see you through.

About Bert Lewis

Bert Lewis has a Master’s degree in Christian Studies from Union University in Jackson, TN. He is the author of Unveiled: 52 Weekly Devotions for Encountering God. He also writes a blog, Unveiled Bert is a member of Hunter Street Baptist Church and has served as a deacon and small group leader. Bert has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for 25 years. He and his wife, Karen have three children and live in Hoover, Alabama.

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