Or maybe it is checking the news on tv or watching some “morning show.” Or maybe it is exercise: some of you might admit that you show more discipline in your physical exercise than you have your spiritual life, and God is calling you discipline yourself for godliness, which is more profitable (I Tim. (2) rejected by God, even as they had themselves rejected God. We can pray and ask God to help us be disciplined, and to get up in the morning, and to use a good outline for prayer, and all these things. Most days when I get up, I am not in a particularly good mood. IT IS WORTHY OF NOTE AT WHAT HOUR OF THE DAY THIS PRAYER IS OFFERED. Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? "Call upon Me in the day of trouble," etc. PSALMS RESOURCES Commentaries, Sermons, Illustrations, Devotionals. If you are seeking something earnestly, you seek it early: The spirit of prayer must be earnestly cultivated. The Expectation of the Morning Prayer Praying through Psalm 5:3 . Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on the altar and wait for your fire to fall upon my heart. Now, that episode should be an encouragement to many of us, for that is probably a pretty good picture about how many of us pray — not really expecting anything, and shocked out of our minds if God actually DOES something! "In the morning," etc. In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. What good would it do to put on your “spiritual armor” after the battle is done, at the end of the day?! It has to come from a relationship with God, through Jesus Christ. Psalm 15. Understand as David's promising God a constant attendance on Him, in the way He has appointed. It was an even bigger factor than the rude customers they might get on the phone during the day. But he became convicted that he needed to spend more time walking with God, and to give the first part of his day to prayer. III. And that’s just the problem. Some of you may read or study or pray better in the evening, and wouldn’t do well trying to have a long morning devotional time. He was praying to THIS particular God: Yahweh, the God whom Genesis says created the heavens and the earth; the God who told Moses His name, and brought the people of Israel out of the land of Egypt; the God whom David knew personally, whom he referred to when he said, “Yahweh is my Shepherd.” This God promised a Messiah, and He came in the Person of Jesus Christ, who, when confronted by the Jewish religious leaders, said, “Before Abraham came into being, I AM!” JESUS is the “I AM”! An observer would see the sheep separating as they follow their own shepherd. My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee and will look up. II. Verses 4-5 gives “The Grounds For This Call.” I. Shout - The psalm begins “Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.” A. “In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice. "I will look up." They aren’t praying, because they really don’t have a relationship with God. (Many of the old divines are very felicitous in their treatment of these two words.) 10.) AMP. It is the man of integrity that dwells with God. Our prayers should not be forgotten, but an answer looked for. The term "direct" indicates fixedness of thought, and a close application of mind, to the duty of prayer. WE MUST DIRECT OUR PRAYER TO GOD. You may or may not adopt the Lord’s Prayer as a model for your prayer. 1. I. Psalm 5:3 In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch. "Thou wilt hear." That’s what David did — and that’s what we should do as well: pray — and then “eagerly watch”! Maybe it is not possible for you to have your longest prayer and Bible study time first thing in the morning, but let me strongly encourage you to do at least SOMETHING first thing in the morning. Come back to it later, but do at least SOMETHING in the morning to begin your day with the Lord. This is the root problem of a lot of people’s prayer time. So David is saying that just as the priests “ordered” the morning sacrifice as their first duty of the day, HIS first duty of the was going to be to let God hear his voice in prayer! I believe that is exactly what the Model Prayer is. 5:7 gives us answers.) In it, he describes his own commitment to pray. We have something to say to God every day: as to a friend we love, and have freedom with; as to a master we serve, and have business with. It is called Columbus Day. A soul soliloquy is not prayer. Psalm 5:3. VII. Psalm 5:3. O Jehovah, in the morning shalt thou hear my voice; In the morning will I order my prayer unto thee, and will keep watch. 4-6.) We should do the same thing. They could not rise above the level of their inspiration, nor advance in prayer beyond the point their understanding had reached in those days. Psalms 5:3 NIV. Understanding that we are not ONLY to pray in the morning, not everyone prays best then; it IS important to begin our day by spending at least some time with God in His word and prayer in the morning, because it will affect the rest of your day. Psalms 5:3 TPT At each and every sunrise you will hear my voice as I prepare my sacrifice of prayer to you. Scripture Reading: Psalm 5:1-3. 3. at the time of the evening sacrifice, about 3 p.m. Psalm 5:3New Living Translation (NLT) 3 Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. HE OBSERVES A DEVOUT AND WISE METHOD IN HIS PRAYER. III. Like David, his motto was, “In the morning O Lord, You will hear my voice.” We need to have that same commitment too — and that is what I want us to focus on next: It is not hard to sense the commitment “in between the lines” of Psalm 5:3. We may not know exactly what it is, but we get hints of it later in the Psalm, where it says in :5, “the boastful shall not stand before Your eyes; You hate all who do iniquity”; and :6 “YHWH abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit”; :9, “there is nothing reliable in what they say”, etc. The early hours, when sanctified by prayer, will help us to sanctify the whole day for God. I will bow down in REVERENCE. No amount of studying or prayer seminars is going to change that! God stands ready to hear from us. God stands ready to talk to us his children anytime. And she did! They are just “rote”; “routine.” We don’t really expect anything to happen; we are just “doing them” as our “religious duty.” We are almost surprised when something happens! Psalm 5:3 in the Parallel Bible; Psalm 5:3 in the Thematic Bible; Psalm 5:3 Cross References; Psalm 5:3 Treasury of Scripture Knowing; Psalm 5:3 Prayers; Psalm 5:3 … As I mentioned before, this word “order” means, “arrange”, or “set in order”, and it was used in Leviticus 1:8, and :12 of the priests who were commanded to “arrange” the pieces of the sacrifice on the altar. In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. I. 2. Lead Me in Your Righteousness. 4. It is not a prayer that we are just supposed to repeat back to Him verbatim. “For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) ( Log Out /  His prayer was an expression of the personal relationship he had with Yahweh. THE BEST TIME FOR PRIVATE PRAYER. Now when I got his e-mail, I would hit “reply”, and I would look at what he wrote, and reply to each section. In the morning, O LORD, You hear my voice; at daybreak I lay my plea before You and wait in expectation. 2.) Morning is the time for prayer. — Secondly, I also know that not everyone does their best Bible reading and prayer first thing. He wanted me to talk with him about the topics that he gave me. The particular time fixed for this good work is the morning. Psalm 5:3 Every morning you'll hear me at it again. I. We should tell the Lord, “In the morning, You will hear my voice.”. III. III. This is not to be overlooked. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Psalm 5:3 King James Version (KJV) 3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will … George Mueller knew the impact of prayer on his day. When the shepherds go their own way, their own flocks hear their voice and follow. A duty dictated by the light and law of nature, but which the gospel of Christ gives us better instruction in. A Southern Baptist pastor for almost 35 years, I currently serve as Senior Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Angleton, Texas, and post my weekly sermons here. “and eagerly watch”. II. We must look up in our prayers; and after our prayers, with an eye of satisfaction and pleasure; with an eye of observation, what returns God makes to our prayers. It will he so if our eye be single and our aim definite. And that is what Psalm 63 says we should do with the Lord too. One of the most important habits we can establish which can help us do that is to begin every day by walking with God in His word & prayer. It is not just “saying some prayers”; it is talking with the Lord with whom you have a personal relationship. Let us be inward with God in every duty, to make heart work of it, or we make nothing of it. They could call God flair God. So in other words, the mood that you have from the very first part of the day is going to affect you all day long! — make Psalm 5:3 your new memory verse (put it on a card; type it into your CELL PHONE): And that is what you must do, if you are going to spend time with God to begin your day. If they say it once, they mean it, of course, but if they say it twice, they really mean it (and if they say it three times it is ultimate, like “holy, holy, holy” is the Lord; which means that He is ultimate in holiness. Then we are most free from company and business. Psalm 5:3- My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee and look up. The words “order my prayer” are also very revealing. And so all through the prayer. 3. IN DOING THIS HE RECOGNIZES AN ENDEARING RELATION. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. But some of us just need to get down on our knees like Tom Elliff did, and say, “Lord, forgive me for not having the love for You that I should have had. For the people of God. The word means, not a small shield which may be held out to ward off a dart, but a large buckler which can cover one around as with armour. (Ver. Let’s spend the first part of our praying and lifting up our requests to God — and then watch and see what God does in response. Many prayers never reach the goal of the throne of grace. I didn’t just hit “reply” and send his same letter back to him — that is not what he wanted. In fact, they told her, “You are out of your mind!” Peter just stood out there knocking, and they finally let him in, and it says “they were amazed.” They were NOT a good example of what David is talking about in Psalm 5:3. But most importantly you have to be committed for it to happen. In the morning I will lay my requests before you, and watch. Version. ASV. (Ver. His biographer wrote that after learning the lesson of being too busy in the work of the Lord to pray, Mueller told his brethren that four hours of work after an hour of prayer would accomplish more than five hours of work without prayer. In Hebrew this is the same root word which describes how the priests “laid in order” the morning sacrifice, which was the very first act of the day in Israel. 1. 3. For himself. God understands the language of the heart, and that is the language in which we must speak to God. I am not trying to heap guilt on any of these types of people. 4). Learn more. That’s the key. That took commitment on her part: the realization that she needed to do something differently, and commitment to carry it out. In verse 2 we are told to “praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.” There are those who oppose the use of musical instruments in worship, but this psalm should caution us against such dogmatism. — maybe you don’t know for sure that you have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Our son Paul gets up early to work with Pete Jackson at Stonewall Homes, and he is not a “merry sunshine” first thing. And that rule he faithfully kept! Some of you may not be. Then we have received fresh mercies from God, which we are concerned to acknowledge. Thus your prayer time every day is not just a “religious deed”, but the expression of the personal relationship you have with God — just like David’s was. ( Log Out /  It is a very determined statement by David: “In the morning, O LORD, YOU WILL HEAR MY VOICE”! 2. understand my murmuring). We’ve all heard the expression: “I started off the day on the wrong foot”, or “I got up on the wrong side of the bed today.” We’ve all had that feeling — like we started the day wrong, and everything seemed to go downhill from there. Visit http://www.pastorshelper.com for Dynamic Sermons & Ministry Resources! 1. It could be translated, “I AM”; “Jehovah” or “Yahweh.” There is another, more “general” name for God in Hebrew, Elohim, but David did not use that. He responds by calling out to God, and notice the special commitment of his prayer in :3: “In the morning, O LORD, You will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You, and eagerly watch.”. We could list a number of benefits of praying in the morning — like having a better mood throughout the day, or making you a better employee like that study indicated — but the single greatest reason to pray is because you want to meet the Person of GOD! But the scripture teaches us that our prayers are not merely to be self-centered ramblings. — I’ve noticed that most really good golfers get out and get the early tee times (that’s why I usually go in the afternoon!) THE PSALMIST LAYS THE ENTIRE SITUATION BEFORE GOD. Change Language {{#items}} {{local_title}} There are many such scriptures which command us to walk with God in prayer all day long. It is not just going to “happen”; you have to be committed to do it, and plan to carry it out. We must see to it that God hears from us daily. We are members of that body whereof Christ is the head, and are concerned to approve ourselves living members. Jesus Christ tells us that the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than the greatest of Old Testament prophets. So we can spend a few minutes praying for His Kingdom’s work: for our pastor, and our church, and missions and missionaries and countries which need the gospel. A. David begins his Psalm saying ‘The Lord is my shepherd’. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Our prayers must be prayers of faith if they are going to please God. If you don’t pray a long prayer, at least pray for a few minutes. What next? Some of us need to make that same kind of commitment. Oh, his health! — Ronnie is currently teaching about the Spiritual Armor in Ephesians 6. He who thus puts himself into God's hand, wanting only to be led aright, shall never be put to shame. Yea. As low as $30/day. Thus He will keep up His authority over us: and testify His love and compassion towards us. There was a lady in our church in Tulsa who heard one of my messages on spending time with God first thing in the morning, and she came up to me after church and said, “You know, every morning, without fail, I ALWAYS read the newspaper.” She said, “I am just obsessive about it. We are not merely to pray in the morning and leave prayer behind (which is unfortunately what I used to do!). 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