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Morning is the time for prayer. He said the same thing in Psalm 63, “O God, You are my God — I shall seek Thee earnestly.” That Hebrew word “earnestly” there literally means “early.” That makes sense. (Ver. "My King," "my God." NO! When I had typed a paragraph about that, I would go back to his e-mail and look: what did he talk about next? If you don’t do a long Bible study, at least read a verse or two, or review some memory verses. Many people have expressed their inability to pray for long periods of time — 30 minutes or an hour. It’s like the disciples in Acts 12, who were gathered in Mary’s house, praying for Peter to be released from prison after James had been killed. ( Log Out /  He hates sin. Some people are what my Aunt Betty used to call a “grouchy bear” in the morning. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Is there something else that you are more committed to in the morning than walking with the Lord? Cancel. We may not know exactly what it is, but we get hints of it later in the Psalm, where it says in :5, “the boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity”; and :6 “YHWH abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit”; :9, “there is nothing reliable in what they say”, etc. III. And she did! We should do the same thing. A day begun with prayer, generally proves a happy day. Let me give you an example: when my father was still alive, we communicated a lot via e-mail. Ill go first. He expects and requires it. In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. 2. New King James Version. Then when we have spent a few minutes doing that, just like I would check my dad’s e-mail to see what his next topic was, we can check the Model Prayer to see what God wants to talk with us about next: His Kingdom. I am grateful to see these messages read in countries around the world, and pray that God will use His word to help individuals to walk with Him daily, and churches to glorify Him with their worship and obedience. (Someone was just recently telling me about getting out at 4 or 5 a.m. to hunt; that’s just what they do!) Lay all this together, and consider whether you have not something to say to God every day. He wasn’t just praying to “any” lord or god. What was the first thing he talked about? In their article, published in 2006, entitled: “Waking Up On The Wrong Side of the Desk: The Effect of Mood on Work Performance”, they concluded: “Start-of-day positive mood spills over and affects positive employee mood during the day,” the researchers found, adding that “likewise, start-of-day negative mood spills over and affects negative employee mood during the day, even accounting for work-related contextual influences like customer interactions.”. II. (Ver. The emphasis on the MORNING prayer The OU game. — and went out to a place where He could be alone. 3. at the time of the evening sacrifice, about 3 p.m. The whole of the ninth verse shows the treachery and hollowness that mark the hostile bands, and the consequent peril in which the people of God were on that account. Now, let me balance that just a little bit by saying that I understand that not everybody is a “morning person”, and there is not just one time for prayer: — First of all, we know that we should be praying all day long: I think a good question for each of us to ask ourselves tonight is: “Is there a prayer request I have, which I am just praying on ‘auto pilot’ — but I am not really expecting God to do anything about it?” Are you looking around expectantly every day, watching to see what God will do? ASV. We should not be satisfied without the conviction that our prayers have been heard by God. In the morning, O LORD, You hear my voice; at daybreak I lay my plea before You and wait in expectation. It is the language of his faith, grounded upon God's promise, that His ear shall be always open to His people's cry. For the people of God. It was “in the morning” that his prayer would rise up to God. To pray. “and eagerly watch”. — hunters who are serious about bagging their prey get out there early. "Thou wilt hear." You need to trust Jesus as your Lord & Savior tonight. Several years ago a couple of professors from Wharton and Ohio State University did a study on the mood that people have to begin the day, and the impact that it has on their functionality and productivity at work. It is not just going to “happen”; you have to be committed to do it, and plan to carry it out. In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order {my} {prayer} to You and {eagerly} watch. Morning is the time for observation. Note: Let us learn to pray minutely, and not to lose ourselves in generalities. God stands ready to talk to us his children anytime. O Jehovah, in the morning shalt thou hear my voice; In the morning will I order my prayer unto thee, and will keep watch. 2. Many prayers never reach the goal of the throne of grace. Scripture Reading: Psalm 5:1-3. Learn more Start my trial Back . Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Sermon Notes for Matthew 5:3 Next Section ... , conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Or maybe it is checking the news on tv or watching some “morning show.” Or maybe it is exercise: some of you might admit that you show more discipline in your physical exercise than you have your spiritual life, and God is calling you discipline yourself for godliness, which is more profitable (I Tim. Unfortunately, many of our prayers are not “watchful”, expectant prayers. (Ver. 3. He was praying to THIS particular God: Yahweh, the God whom Genesis says created the heavens and the earth; the God who told Moses His name, and brought the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt; the God whom David knew personally, whom he referred to when he said, “Yahweh is my Shepherd.” This God promised a Messiah, and He came in the Person of Jesus Christ, who, when confronted by the Jewish religious leaders, said, “Before Abraham came into being, I AM!” JESUS is the “I AM”! If you are seeking something earnestly, you seek it early: (Ver. Think about it: what good would it do to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread” at the end of the day, AFTER you’ve already HAD your daily bread! 1 of 1. So I would write my comments on that — and so on through each section of his e-mail. But the whole plan hinges on getting up and spending time with God first thing in the morning. Psalms 5:3. And so all through the prayer. Bible Language English. Psalm 5:3. Jesus Christ tells us that the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than the greatest of Old Testament prophets. His solution? Or just “hope” that we don’t get up on the wrong side of the bed? "In the morning," etc. It is a very determined statement by David: “In the morning, O LORD, YOU WILL HEAR MY VOICE”! In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. And He did that, the Bible says, so that He could pray. THE BEST TIME FOR PRIVATE PRAYER. My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee and will look up. III. PSALMS RESOURCES Commentaries, Sermons, Illustrations, Devotionals. — make Psalm 5:3 your new memory verse (put it on a card; type it into your CELL PHONE): All these glorious disclosures of the holiness of God are reiterated and confirmed in the teaching and redemption of the Son of God. In the morning I will direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up, or, I will marshall my prayer, I will bring up petition after petition, pleading after pleading, even till I become like Jacob, a prince with … 3. We must look up in our prayers; and after our prayers, with an eye of satisfaction and pleasure; with an eye of observation, what returns God makes to our prayers. It is an OUTLINE for prayer. I. Would you make it YOUR commitment? In it, he describes his own commitment to pray. Sometimes, indeed, the yearning Godward is too deep for outward expression (see ver. An observer would see the sheep separating as they follow their own shepherd. And that is what Psalm 63 says we should do with the Lord too. (For the specific phrases, see the Exposition; also Perowne and Cheyne.) Like David, we should pray — and then watch expectantly to see what He does in response. 1. What good would it do to put on your “spiritual armor” after the battle is done, at the end of the day?! "I will direct, etc. I. It is a model of the kind of organization that He wants us to have in our prayers to God every day. (Many of the old divines are very felicitous in their treatment of these two words.) But she came up to me after the service and said, I am going to have a new motto: “No Bible, no newspaper.” I am not going to read the newspaper, until I have had time with God first. AMP. There is a greater freedom from the distracting cares of the family, business, etc. The term "direct" indicates fixedness of thought, and a close application of mind, to the duty of prayer. The very laws of our physical being demand quiet in the morning. Let not His knowing what your business is hinder you. Just like my dad’s e-mail, the things we find in what we call “The Lord’s Prayer” are an outline of the kinds of things our Heavenly Father wants us to talk with Him about when we pray. Wherever God finds a praying heart, He will be found a prayer hearing God. Psalm 5:3. Like David, his motto was, “In the morning O Lord, You will hear my voice.” We need to have that same commitment too — and that is what I want us to focus on next: It is not hard to sense the commitment “in between the lines” of Psalm 5:3. And that is what you must do, if you are going to spend time with God to begin your day. We can purposefully take things into our own hands, and actively shape the day for good, by spending time with God as soon as we get up. May such protection ever be ours! Understanding that we are not ONLY to pray in the morning, not everyone prays best then; it IS important to begin our day by spending at least some time with God in His word and prayer in the morning, because it will affect the rest of your day. Our son Paul gets up early to work with Pete Jackson at Stonewall Homes, and he is not a “merry sunshine” first thing. Trusting God with Our Lives (Psalm 5) Intro. Mornings are monitors, text books, and registers. It is not just “saying some prayers”; it is talking with the Lord with whom you have a personal relationship. Let's begin and end our day with prayer. In the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee. When we’ve done that, then we can go back to the outline and see: what did God want us to talk with Him about next? Nor is there any contrariety to reason in his so doing. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I, by your great MERCY will come into you house. We must see to it that God hears from us daily. “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) — maybe something else you heard tonight has touched your heart and you need to speak with God about it. It is not a prayer that we are just supposed to repeat back to Him verbatim. Yea. HE OBSERVES A DEVOUT AND WISE METHOD IN HIS PRAYER. Let not distance, or fear, hinder you. We are continually in danger. It implies spiritual life — filial relationship — freedom of access to God. For himself. It seems natural to think, and to be quiet, in the early morning. Read Psalms 23:1. In the morning I will order my prayer to You, and eagerly watch.” To give this a little context, David is in a difficult spot in this Psalm, reflected in :1, “Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my groaning.” Lead Me in Your Righteousness. If you don’t pray a long prayer, at least pray for a few minutes. 1, "consider my meditation," i.e. Psalms 5:3 NIV. In the rest of the passage we will see all the things that God does for His sheep. And the truth is, that is where a lot of us are. So the fact that David repeats “in the morning” here shows the emphasis that he put upon it. VII. (This verse is one of those quoted by the Apostle Paul in proof of human depravity. Psalm 5:3 . The spirit of prayer must be earnestly cultivated. Change ). — fishermen do the same thing. ( Log Out /  I Thessalonians 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing.” “In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice. So in other words, the mood that you have from the very first part of the day is going to affect you all day long! As low as $30/day. Jesus did not give it to us so that we could just memorize it and hit “reply” and send those same words back to Him — just like Dad didn’t want me to send his same note back to him. II. They are just “rote”; “routine.” We don’t really expect anything to happen; we are just “doing them” as our “religious duty.” We are almost surprised when something happens! (Ver. It is called Columbus Day. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly. Have that commitment like David did: “In the morning, You will hear my voice.”. For while the psalm speaks of all this wickedness in its relation to society, St. Paul speaks of similar wickedness in its relation to the Law of God and to the God of law. We could list a number of benefits of praying in the morning — like having a better mood throughout the day, or making you a better employee like that study indicated — but the single greatest reason to pray is because you want to meet the Person of GOD! understand my murmuring). That’s what David did — and that’s what we should do as well: pray — and then “eagerly watch”! But he became convicted that he needed to spend more time walking with God, and to give the first part of his day to prayer. II. The name "Jehovah" brought him near as Israel's redeeming God; and that very name, which removes us infinitely from anthropomorphism, was the one in which the saints of old found their joy and glory. C. 1. "Call upon Me in the day of trouble," etc. But it is not only that (although it would be enough!). THE BECOMING ATTITUDE FOR A PRAYERFUL SOUL. Forgive me for not wanting to pray. 1. THERE IS HERE A CONFIDENT ASSURANCE EXPRESSED. We have daily work to do for God and our own souls. 3. But some of us just need to get down on our knees like Tom Elliff did, and say, “Lord, forgive me for not having the love for You that I should have had. 8.) He wasn’t just praying as a rote religious act; he expected God to do something — and we should too! I. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. They aren’t praying, because they really don’t have a relationship with God. THE PSALMIST LAYS THE ENTIRE SITUATION BEFORE GOD. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The early morn, when the frame is freshest and the spirit freest, is the best time for devotion. His biographer wrote that after learning the lesson of being too busy in the work of the Lord to pray, Mueller told his brethren that four hours of work after an hour of prayer would accomplish more than five hours of work without prayer. Our prayers should not be forgotten, but an answer looked for. Psalm 33 contains the first reference in the book of Psalms to using musical instruments in the worship of God. “I will order my prayer to You”. 46:5b) 2. at noon. — Morning prayer is assumed in the Model Prayer that Jesus gave us in Matthew 6. So David is saying that just as the priests “ordered” the morning sacrifice as their first duty of the day, HIS first duty of the was going to be to let God hear his voice in prayer! Thus your prayer time every day is not just a “religious deed”, but the expression of the personal relationship you have with God — just like David’s was. If we are serious about seeking Him, we will seek Him EARLY. But the scripture teaches us that our prayers are not merely to be self-centered ramblings. New American Standard Bible. He prays that they may be, (1) held guilty and condemned for their transgressions. Mention some. I am not trying to heap guilt on any of these types of people. 4. Verse 3. Psalms by Willem A. VanGemeren is volume five of a twelve … He wants, (2) to be shown clearly what that way is; and then. Whatever it is in your schedule that you need to rearrange, many of us need to walk away from tonight with a commitment to echo the prayer of David: “In the morning, O LORD, YOU WILL HEAR MY VOICE”! IV. 4. If they say it once, they mean it, of course, but if they say it twice, they really mean it (and if they say it three times it is ultimate, like “holy, holy, holy” is the Lord; which means that He is ultimate in holiness. Then we have received fresh mercies from God, which we are concerned to acknowledge. 3. You’ve got to set your alarm for the time you need; you have to have your Bible and notebook and prayer list ready; you need to have a plan for what you are going to do. 5 Give ear to … The grain of prayer should not be lost in the chaff of vague generalities. They could not rise above the level of their inspiration, nor advance in prayer beyond the point their understanding had reached in those days. The Order of the Morning Prayer A soul soliloquy is not prayer. A Psalm of David. — Ronnie is currently teaching about the Spiritual Armor in Ephesians 6. This is the root problem of a lot of people’s prayer time. I might add a topic to it, but I would generally follow the outline of the letter he had sent me, because I knew that these were the things my father wanted to talk about with me. PSALM 15. A Morning Prayer: for Sanctuary Service: in Evil Times, David's State of Mind in Relation to God and Society, The Inward and Outward Sides of the Divine Life, A Morning Prayer: For Sanctuary Service: In Evil Times. In fact, they told her, “You are out of your mind!” Peter just stood out there knocking, and they finally let him in, and it says “they were amazed.” They were NOT a good example of what David is talking about in Psalm 5:3. For us it would be far more appropriate to pray for the conversion of God's enemies by the power of his love and grace. WE MUST LOOK UP. The psalmist knows the character of God, and the righteousness of his administration; and in these verses he shows us how real was the revelation on these great themes which God had given in his Law (see Psalm 103:6, 7). — Secondly, I also know that not everyone does their best Bible reading and prayer first thing. He used His personal name, because he knew Him personally. So I am NOT just teaching that we are ONLY to pray in the morning. It has to come from a relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. In Genesis 22:9 it is used of how Abraham “built the altar, arranged the wood, bound his son (Isaac) on the altar”. The Sermon: In October, we remember a special day. See how David expresses his pious resolutions. Christopher Columbus lived over 500 years ago. The whole earth is summoned to “shout”, that is, to “sing joyfully to the Lord.” It is the name God gave Moses when he asked Him His name. Our prayers must be prayers of faith if they are going to please God. III. He always made sure to start his day with prayer, knowing how much it would impact what he was able to do that he. Psalm 126:5 says: “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.” (Psalm 126:5) And Psalm 30:5 ties this image of sowing tears together with the certainty of the dawn. That took commitment on her part: the realization that she needed to do something differently, and commitment to carry it out. 5:3-12), Book of James Sermons: What Real Faith Looks Like, This Week In Paradise (pastors family blog). Just “hope” that things improve? What do you say that we bare our souls and each of us tell what his secret sin is? I believe that is exactly what the Model Prayer is. Happy they who know that they have a God with whom they can thus plead, and who have learned the blessed art of thus pleading with God! Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. 5:7 gives us answers.) He is saying, I AM going to do this; I am committed to it. Maybe like with Nancy it is reading the paper. This statement actually shook the readers of biblical times because the temptation in ancient Israel was to speak only about “our” God, (Deuteronomy 6:4) forgetting that the … Then we are most free from company and business. The meaning is - I will order it accurately, and then look out to see whether it has sped, and when the answer will come. — on Black Friday, women get out early — 4 or 5 or 6 a.m. — because they are earnest about getting the best deals. A story is told of four pastors from the same community who got away for a fishing trip together. 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