It’s worth appreciating something in its entirety. The whole meal, the whole book, all the song, the entire movie. Sometimes though it’s a riff in the song that grabs your attention. It’s the way the chicken is prepared that stirs the reaction. It’s that action sequence that puts the film on another level.
Psalm 5 is another of those Psalms where David talks confidently about the God he knows. It is something to witness this confidence. In the midst of that, there is one verse that arrests me. It’s the well prepared chicken verse; the outstanding action sequence verse; the awesome riff in the song verse.
That verse is verse 3.
In the morning, Lord , you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:3 NIV)
Imagine starting your day knowing that the request you make to the Lord has to be answered. Not because you have one over God, but precisely because you know your God. You know He doesn’t abide foolishness. You know He doesn’t stand for injustice. You know He won’t put up with the stench of unrighteousness. You know this. So you pray with expectation. You pray knowing your God will show up because that is His character. That’s just the way He is.
That degree of expectation comes out of relationship with Him. It emerges from the fires of the trials of faith that make you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that He is everything He reveals Himself to be. He can be trusted to deal with the wicked. He can be trusted to do what is right in your situation.
That degree of morning expectation is breathtaking.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden