21st September 2012

When I Wake Up In The Morning

“I’m ready, God, so ready, ready from head to toe, ready to sing, ready to raise a tune: ‘Wake up, soul! Wake up, harp! Wake up, lute! Wake up, you sleepyhead sun!’”
Psalm 57:7-8 (MSG)

Do our waking thoughts influence the day ahead of us?

In the Psalms David talks often of how his waking thoughts are about his relationship with God. His words may seem over the top to us. For example, in the passage above he compares his soul to musical instruments that need to wake up and play music to God. Too noisy an idea? Elsewhere he says that he gets up before the dawn to pray. His mind is on the things of God before he goes through his daily routine. “In the morning I lay my requests before you”, he wrote (Psalm 5:3).

Of course, there are so many distractions before we begin our day. The children must be fed and dressed for school. The television is on already and we want to listen to the news and traffic. Apparently 30% of UK smartphone users check for messages or play games while still in bed before saying “Good morning” to their partner. Maybe there is medicine to be taken, or a loved one to care for. Or washing to put in the machine before going to work. We’re running late and rushing for the train. Or we just need the extra five minutes in bed. It’s understandable.

The Bible tells us that God continues his relationship with us while we are asleep and as soon as we wake up. In his love for us God does not get weary, nor does he rest or sleep. “His compassions never fail. They are new every morning.” (Lamentations 3:22-23 NIV UK). We wake up to God’s mercy and grace.

We all have different demands on our time each day. Perhaps our normal opportunity to pray and study is in the evening or at another point. It does not mean that we cannot wake up thinking about God’s grace. Perhaps, if we do, we’ll feel more excited about the day ahead, as David sometimes was. Or at least more ready to face the day. Let your day be influenced by God’s loving relationship with you.

Father, thank you that each day I wake up to your grace. Help me to celebrate our relationship each morning and to think of you before I start the day ahead.  In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson

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