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Resolute in Morning Prayer

Psalm 5:3 (ESV) … “O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.”

The words of the psalmist express the confidence that the Lord would hear him and answer him. The psalmist therefore makes it clear that his morning then could only start once he had prayed. Since the Lord would hear him early, quickly, and speedily he would be resolute to pray to the Lord.

The psalmist felt, doubtless, that while it was a general duty and privilege to call upon God with the return of each morning, there was also a special reason for it in the circumstances of his life. He was surrounded by enemies, and was in danger, and it was only in God that he could hope for protection even for a single day.

The propriety of looking to God in the morning by prayer commends itself to any reflecting mind. Who knows what a day may bring forth? Who knows what temptations may await him? Who can protect himself from the dangers which may encompass him? Who can enable us to discharge the duties which are incumbent on us every day? Feeble, helpless, sinful, prone to err, in a world of temptation, and surrounded by dangers alike when we see them and when we do not, there is an obvious fitness in looking to God each morning for his guidance and protection; and the resolution of the psalmist here should be the firm purpose of every man.[1]

[1] Barnes, A. (1870–1872). Notes on the Old Testament: Psalms (Vol. 1, p. 42). London: Blackie & Son.

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