“Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You.” (Psalm 143:8, NKJV)
I hear them early in the morning … every morning! The chirping … the singing … the sounds of life, hope, reminding me that another day has arrived by the grace and mercy of God to be lived, enjoyed, and purposed to bring honor to His great name!
I am not an Ornithologist! I am not an expert on the various species of birds. But I am a living, breathing person who has the ability to see, to hear, and to appreciate the beauty that is literally all around us in this great big yet small world we call our earthly home!
There are several species, in the tree and bushes near our windows … and there are even young ones there for a time. How do I know? Because each one has its own distinct tune to serenade us with!
Allow me to go on record to state I do not like alarm clocks, regardless of the sound, song, or whatever is used to roust me out of bed! It is just not a good way to start my day!
The fact is, for many of us, if not most of us, before the alarm has even thought about sounding our plans were formulated and laid out for the coming day! But before the alarm has been silenced … you and I are already a few hours ahead of ourselves as to where we will be … what we will be doing … and how long it will take us to get it done!
Planning ahead is a good thing. In fact the Bible encourages us to do this. But so often, our intentions for the day, our plans to see fulfilled don’t materialize as we thought they would. Frustration … worries … dashed hopes …all can lead to what can be called a ‘downer-kind-of-day!’
Can you identify with this brief scenario? Sure you can! We all can! Changes … they happen all of the time and they do so with no consideration of our feelings, emotions, goals, or intentions!
All of us are in need of stability! All of us are in need of the One who created this great big beautiful world we live in! He made each of those birds we’ve heard chirping and singing outside our windows. He made the sun that is rising … the moon as it comes up … and 100 billion stars that we can look up and see if we’re in a place where the city lights don’t make it so difficult to see them!
We need to hear the voice of the One who not only hears our prayers … who is aware of our personal problems and challenges … who can comfort us with those “songs in the night” … and bring about the new morning the Bible speaks of so often!
As the prophet Jeremiah writes in Lamentations 3:22-23, “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.”
All of us need the very first voice of the day to be His voice! We know He doesn’t speak to us directly through some still small voice or whisper … but we do know because the Bible tells us so that “the heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge.” (Psalm 19:1-2, NKJV)
You see, we need to stop our hectic pace long enough to drink in the beauty, the eloquence, the assurance from our Creator that He does not change, will not change, and will always be there to guide us, protect us, comfort us, and lead us home to be with Him if we will only choose to listen, accept, and obey His expressed will preserved in His Good Book, the Bible!
Yes, you need the first voice of the day to be His voice … not any of the thousands of programs available on cable, the internet, etc.! How much better our day would be if we would only take a few minutes to be still and hear the message of God’s presence all around us. There are, my friends, “bushes that are still burning” affirming, proclaiming the truthfulness that He is the great “I AM!”
So, may I ask you in a kindly, loving, and caring way: What could possibly be more important to any of us than sitting down before our Heavenly Father with heads bowed, hearts humbled, offering words of praise, hope, and concern on our lips to the One who can actually do something about it all?
And while we are at this juncture in our thoughts: what could possibly be more important in the morning than sitting down before our Heavenly Father, His precious Word opened in front of us, and genuinely seeking and asking Him to teach us “… how you (we) ought to walk and please God” (1 Thessalonians 4:1, NKJV)
May I implore you…?
- Before your day’s needs make their demand to be met and done,
- Before the local, national, and world headlines bring their negativity into your house,
- Before your cell phone clamors for your attention,
You need … I need … we all need to hear what God wants of us for the day!
Bill Fairchild, Jr