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He Hears Our Voice

Psalm 5:3 (ESV) -- O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.

How do you start your day? Everyone has routines and habits for how the day begins. Some flip on the TV. Others may turn some music on. Many folks grab their phones and start scrolling social media, checking the weather, or looking at the news stories. But do we prioritize time with the Lord before our day begins? Do we seek Him?

Our passage today points us to the posture and heart of the Christian who starts their day seeking the LORD. The psalmist writes, “O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.” I love this heart cry from the psalmist. Why does the LORD hear his voice? Because he is seeking Him in prayer. The psalmist seeks YHWH in the morning, and as a result, he is heard by Him. He prepares a sacrifice for the LORD and watches. 

What does he mean by this? 

He isn’t sacrificing an animal every day. The image is that he himself is the sacrifice. He brings himself before the LORD. He humbles himself and lays his life down before God. The aim of his heart is to meet with God. This is the heart behind his watching. He watches for the LORD to meet with him. He anticipates that God will not only hear him, but make His presence known to him. 

The same is available to Christians today. For those in Christ, we have access to God. Our prayers are heard, and His presence is promised to us (Matthew 28:20). Do you seek Him in the morning? Do you prioritize time with Him? Make any adjustment needed to begin your day with God before you do anything else. He will meet you there.

Reflection & Journal:
- Why do so many professing Christians neglect time with God? 
- What things can we do in order to give God the first of our day?
- Why does giving God the first attention of our day have such an impact? 

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