Beginning the day with God
O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly...Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe. Lead me in the right path, O Lord, or my enemies will conquer me. Make your way plain for me to follow. Psalms 5:1-3, 7-8
There is an old cliché; “A life without prayer makes one weak.” This is painfully true for every believer. From the text, David provided an example of his practice of daily praying to God. It was his habit to begin the day praying to God. There is misconception that people who pray are those who think that everything with them is right with God. There is that notion in our culture that praying are for those that have performed well. But who among us do not commit sin? Who among us are not harboring any sin right now or will not commit sin in the distant future? If this is your attitude and your reason why you do not pray, then it will naturally lead to never pray. In this Psalm, David expressed his confidence in God alone. He was seeking God’s help and he was willing to wait for his answer. Also he wants God to make plain his will for his life. There are other instances in the Book of Psalms where we read about David’s spiritual journey that included asking God to forgive him of his sins. After his declaration that God is his Shepherd that provides for his sheep by leading them to His green pastures (Psalm 23) he then turn to God asking Him to cleanse him from his sins. “Look upon my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins” (Psalm 25:18). Think again and go back to God in prayer. Ready or not, worthy or not, tell God what is in your heart. Choose to come to God, like David, even if you feel that you blew it time and time again. Do not be like King Saul, that after his disobedience, he stopped seeking God and it resulted to grave consequence (see 1 Samuel 31). There is never a bad time to pray only bad consequence when you don’t happen to pray. Begin your day spending time with God in prayer.
Noel De Guzman