Psalm 5:3 “At daybreak, Lord, You hear my voice; at daybreak I plead my case to You and watch expectantly.”
The image here of someone pouring their heart out before God and then watching to see God’s response. There is no doubt in David’s mind that there will be a response, and he watches with great expectation to see what that response will be. There is great faith in this response by David. Older translations have David saying: “in the morning I will direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” That image of someone looking beyond the scope of their earthly situation to the heavens for help is a wonderful picture.
Notice as well that David does not attempt to dictate to God’s. Warren Wiersbe equates this picture to one of “a soldier presenting himself to his commander to receive order and an army set in battle array on the field. In past years, may soldiers had presented themselves to David to get their orders, but David first presented himself to the Lord.” (Be Worshipful: Psalms 1-89, pg 36) David is spending this time in the morning reporting in to God and then waiting to see where God would send/use him in the time that followed.
There has been much written lately about the concept of seeking to find where God is working and then joining him there. Essentially this is what David is doing here.
Also let me make mention of the morning time. I know, you may read what I am about to say and think: “But I’m not a morning person.” It has nothing to do with being a morning person. Repeatedly, the scriptures talk about the blessing of mornings and the blessings that come when we meet God in the mornings. I am a morning person (perhaps less so as we’ve had children because mornings are no longer peaceful affairs!) so I have never understood the dread with which some people face the start of the day. If nothing else, our devotion to God should drag us from our beds, a devotion that is marked by the expectation that David writes about in this verse of Psalm 5.
Charles Spurgeon writes: “This is the fittest time for communication with God. An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening. While the dew is on the grass, let grace drop upon the soul. Let us give to God the mornings of our days and the morning of our lives. Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night. Devotion should be both the morning star and the evening star.” The Treasury of David comment on Ps. 5:3)
To be so passionate about our time with God that we simply cannot wait for the sun to break the horizon and awaken us to a fresh time of communion with Him. That is what David is writing about here.
- What was familiar from this passage of scripture? What was something I already knew?
- What was new from this piece of scripture? What was something that really stood out for me that I have never paid attention to before?
- Does Jesus appear in this passage of scripture?
- How does this passage apply to my life, here and now? Do I need to do anything about it?
- What prayer would I offer up to God after reading this piece of scripture?
Tomorrow’s Reading: 2 Samuel 22-23, Psalm 57