Psalm 5 (ESV) – Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.
For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you. The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. You destroy those who speak lies; the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man.
But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you. Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me.
For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue. Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you.
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.
I set an alarm every day, especially on days when the calendar is fairly empty. I also set the coffee maker so it is finished brewing before I make it to the kitchen. Both of these small tasks are very important to me because they allow me to enjoy the quietness of our home in the early morning hours. That quietness allows me to spend time with God before the chaos of the day. I read or listen to Scripture. I spend time talking with God. I try to listen. When it is time for our family to move, I play worship music throughout the house.
I have this routine because of Psalm 5:3. “O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.”
I am very good at contributing to the chaos of our family. Some days, my personality creates the chaos. I am a work in progress just like you.
Here are three reasons from Psalm 5 why a morning spiritual routine is important to our day. There are other reasons, but I will give you three.
First, we invite God to join the conversations of our day (v.1). Do you ever have one of those conversations when you thought you communicated to your spouse, but you didn’t? Of course, we all do. Often, the outcome is less than great. God is all-knowing and ever-present, but we should not be surprised when God doesn’t act on something we haven’t spoken to him about.
Second, we declare God to be the King of our day (v.2). Every day, we have two options for king in our life. When I declare myself the king of the day, the outcome is less than great. I become impatient and demanding. I get frustrated easily. I want what I want and I don’t want to wait for it. Honestly, you and I are the same in this area because we are sinful human beings.
Third, we become ready for whatever God has appointed for us (v.3). There are many days that I pray these words. “God, please be everything I need you to be so I can be everything you need me to be today.” The reason I pray those words is for availability. I invite the Holy Spirit to fill the gaps in my life that I am blind to. Often, those are places I become vulnerable to sin. Often, those are the areas that fruitful ministry abides. When I “prepare a sacrifice and watch”, I expect God to lead me to an appointment he has for me.
The outcomes of our life are less than great when God is left out of our morning. The rest of the chapter describes the person who doesn’t pursue God in the morning. I’ll let you read them for yourself.
I invite you to adjust your morning routine so God gets time before your calendar fills itself. You will have a new reason to rejoice and the people around you will rejoice to.