Short Meditations in Psalms: 5.3 The morning encounter
Psa 5:3 In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.
There are people who are ‘evening people’ but I think most of us are those who operate best with God first thing in the day. Logically, if one is to have time with God – just one time? – then surely the morning is to be the time when we meet with Him and commit the day into His hands. So it appears it was for David: “In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice.” How simply that comes over. Lord, I talk to you each meaning.
Yet perhaps there is something a bit stronger than that: you hear me. Is there a confidence in David that the Lord hears him? In some psalms he cries out that the Lord will hear him, at other times – as here – he seems more confident. These varied approaches of the different psalms merely highlights David’s humanity. So many of his psalms are cries for help with a wondering if the Lord hears him. Here there is a greater assurance. Even David goes up and down like we do.
It is said that prayer is simply ‘talking to God’ yet the truth is that so often we come from a place of weakness to Him who is always strong and so we come with requests, so often requests for help. So it was with David: “in the morning I lay my requests before you.”
The apostle Paul referred to “requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving.” (1 Tim 2:1) Note that ‘requests’ comes before general talking to God, interceding on behalf of others or giving thanks. In a warfare context, Paul said, “pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” (Eph 6:18) Spirit inspired prayer will so often include requests. The prayer of the early church, that we have considered before, is a good one to follow when it comes to requests: “enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” (Acts 4:29,30) It was a prayer which, if answered, would bring glory to God.
But David didn’t merely wait on the Lord in a state of gloom and doom over his difficulties in life, he came with requests then waited – but waited in expectation! “and wait in expectation.” He expected the Lord to hear his requests and he expected the Lord to answer positively. Jesus taught, “I will do whatever you ask in my name,” (Jn 14:13) but note that comes immediately after, “anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing.” (Jn 14:12) If we purpose to follow in Jesus’ footsteps and do the will of God, then when we ask for things in line with those two things, we will be asking on Jesus’ behalf and we may expect him to answer. May it be so!