Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee (Psalms 143:8).
In our American culture we as people function through four different time periods daily. These four different time periods provide us with order and that order organizes purpose for our lives. The day begins with “morning”, the midday is known as afternoon follow by evening and the day ends with night which is a period of rest. Although different parts of the world are on their different time schedules, a day in Australia, New Zealand, or Japan is divided into the same four periods as a day in America. When you first wake up in the morning how do you start your day? Do you begin your day by jumping out of the bed right away or do you lie in your bed for a period of time? Are you a person that is motivated by the first sounds of the morning or are you a person who needs things to be still and quiet around you?
The First Thought of the Morning
The first sounds of the morning can have great influence over our first thought of the morning. The sound of the morning could either be the clashing sounds of the majestic waters which can trigger different first thoughts from the sound of traffic, loud noises, car horns and screeches brakes. When we wake up with first thoughts of issues and problems from the night before, they can be a prescription for having a negative and frustrating day. However, that is not God’s desires for these things to be our first thoughts of the day. The Lord’s desire for us is that our prayer request would be just like King David which is “Cause me to hear your lovingkindness in the morning”. For if our first thoughts in the morning are of God and we stop to thank God for the night of rest; we will be able to command the morning of our day which will be filled with God’s presence and grace. Also, our first thoughts of our Father who He is and what He has done is not just for us but it will help us to be light to those who are lost in this dark world.
The Sound of the Morning
Now when King David cried out to the Lord, “Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness or unfailing love in the morning”, his plea to the Lord was a result of what he was struggling with emotionally in his life. In the previous verses prior to Psalms 143:8, King David thought about how he felt depressed, being overwhelmed with fear and how he maybe was starting to lose hope that his situation would every improve for him. Question does this sound just like us? However, as David prayed to hear the Lord speak about his unfailing love for him, the Lord would let him know that He loved him and He had total control over his life. As David prayed, he would also lift up his soul to the Lord and cried out for direction so that he could have the confidence that his life would not be a stumbling block before others. Won’t God do the same for us? As the dew settles and the sun rises He will let us know how much He loves us with an everlasting love.
Building up our faith in God
As we posture ourselves to hear from the Lord, I believe there are three things that God wants to impart to our spirit man. The first thing that the Father wants to impart into us is how to build up our faith in Him. He will help to build up our faith by us making it a continual habit to listen and hear the word of God. In Romans 10:17, the Apostle Paul stated “that our faith will grow as we keep hearing and hearing the word of God”. As our faith begins to develop from hearing the word of God, we will grow in our understanding and discernment of the word of God. In the sound of our morning, the Lord wants us to pay attention to what we are hearing from Him. As we develop our ability to hear from the Lord and listen in those early morning hours it will help us to build up our faith in God. We will be able to go through the difficult challenges of the day and our faith will come forth as pure gold in the furnace of affliction.
A Fresh Revelation of the Mercy of God
When we wake up in the morning to see a new day, the Father wants to impart into our hearts a fresh revelation of His mercy which is new every morning. In Lamentations 3:22-23, the Lord told the Prophet Jeremiah that “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning”. In the sound of our morning, the Lord let us know that the weapon which was formed by the enemy to steal our joy, through God’s mercy it will not break us. The traps and schemes that the enemy has designed to break our hearts, through God’s mercy they will not destroy us. The smoke of confusion and doubt that the enemy wants to use to shatter our dreams, through God’s mercy will not prevail. In the sound of our morning, we come to understand that God’s mercies are new every morning. As the Lord pours out His mercy to us it will help to open the eyes of our hearts so that we can see the Lord high and lifted up. We will not only see Him high and lifted up over our circumstances but we will also see the Lord exalted in all of the Earth. By us having a fresh revelation each morning of God’s mercy, we will come to realize that God’s mercy is following us all the days of our lives as we have determined to dwell in the house of the Lord forever and ever.
Your season of weeping has ended
Finally, I want you to know that the Father wants to impart into our spirit man that our season of weeping has come to an end. In Psalms 30:5, the word of God tells us that, “weeping may endure for a night but joy will come in the morning”. The Lord wants us to count it all joy and to stop listening to the voices of fear, the voices of doubt and worry. Though our tears may fall from our face in the midnight hours, we should not listen to the voice of our flesh or the voice of man’s opinion that we should take matters in our own hands. For the Psalmist declared in Psalms 126:5, “that when we sow in tears we shall reap in joy”. The tears that fall from our eyes should not be viewed as tears of defeat in life but our tears are liquid prayers that touch the heart of God. The tears that fall from our eyes are a sign that our weeping has come to an end and the sound of our morning will bring forth the joy of the Lord. For just as the night and the morning have a sound in the natural realm, so they also have a voice and a sound in the spirit realm.