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Pre-Dawn Hours

Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust. Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8 ESV



There is something special about morning prayer. There is a sense of serenity and closeness to God in that quiet, pre-dawn time. The peepers have fallen silent, and the birds have not yet woken with song; it's just you and your Creator. It's a time for praising and giving thanks, crying out to God in distress, and offering intercessory prayer for others. It's not that we can't, or shouldn't, have these conversations with God at other times during the day, but in our busyness, we may find it challenging to spend that time in oneness with the Spirit. 


In today's verse, we can imagine the poet King David looking out the window, anticipating the hope the new day brings, in a soulful, heartfelt conversation with God. Reading Psalm 143, we appreciate David's song-prayer because it mirrors our own so closely. 


David fervently appeals to God, asking his prayer to be answered in God's faithfulness and righteousness. He acknowledges humanity's universal sinfulness, recognizing that no one would be declared righteous if judged by God. He describes his condition, feelings of being overwhelmed by his circumstances, and his Spirit grows faint, and his heart is filled with dismay. 


Yet, despite desolation, David finds comfort in reflecting on God's works from the past and stretches out his hands in longing for God. He pleads for a swift answer from God, fearing that delay might deepen his despair. He expresses absolute dependency on God, seeking refuge, guidance, and deliverance.


David concludes by asking God to teach him His will and lead him on level ground. In his prayer for deliverance, he confesses his faith that God, in his steadfast love, will rescue him.


Like David, in our pre-dawn spiritual place, we acknowledge God's love and faithfulness, even though we are under attack emotionally, physically, and spiritually. We remain steadfast to the absolute knowledge of God's salvation. Yes, sometimes that answer is not swift; sometimes the wait is unpleasant, but we trust that God will deliver. And in the waiting, we ask God to know his will and pray for strength, patience, and guidance while waiting for his answer.


Gracious and Loving Father, thank you for all your good gifts. Help me remember your former goodness; remind me you are a loving and faithful God. In times of doubt and uncertainty, grant me serenity and peace; help me feel your presence. Father, help my unbelief. Lead me onto level ground, where joy always comes in the morning. May what I am experiencing now glorify your holy name. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.


Blessings,

Pastor Tim




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