In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice;
in the morning
I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.
Everything seems to come to a screeching halt in the face of crisis. During the COVID-19 crisis, everything has stopped: businesses shuttered, schools closed, church services cancelled. The world seems to have stopped, quite literally, on its axis. The uncertainty has left many feeling uneasy and insecure, and asking, “Where is God in this mess? Has He forgotten us?”
“God has not forgotten you. Where is He? He is listening.”
Friend, God has not forgotten you. Where is He? He is listening. He hears the cries of your heart and the faintest whispers of your longings. The psalmist, David, cries out to God, “Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray” (Ps. 5:2). Then David goes on to write these profound words of hope: “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly” (v. 3). What helped David shift his prayer from a desperate plea to a prayer of hope? I believe it was because of the personal understanding David had of God’s character. In tender affection, David calls God my king and my God.
Friend, though God is infinitely vast and beyond our wildest imagination, He is intimately personal. When you cry, He hears and bends down to listen as a loving Father (Ps. 116:2 NLT). The writer of Hebrews confirms this truth, instructing us to come confidently into the throne room with our requests. There, in His loving presence, we will find grace for our every need (Heb. 4:16). Today, lay your requests before Him, and wait with anticipation for His answer.
by Becky Harling
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