The Word: LISTEN

I read the following devotion recently and share it with you today as an apt reminder to get still before the LORD and LISTEN.

“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.”
(Psalm 5:3).

“Victor was hooked for life. He called it ‘keeping the morning watch’ and it had become his passion. Before the break of day he was down on his knees listening and communing with the Lord.

“King David understood the passion of all the Victors in the family of God. Rising and peeling out of his toasty, warm bed was not always a pleasured celebration. Often it is a gruesome and bemoaning task for Vic. We should at all cost, keep the morning watch.

“Something happens in the fresh dewdrop hours of the early morning. The air is pure and still. You can literally hear your heart thumping as it pumps fresh streams of blood throughout your entire body.

“I seem to be more attuned to God’s voice in the early morning. Like thunder, His voice rumbles and echoes throughout the chambers of my soul. It is in these quiet and still moments of the day when God makes His loudest proclamation deep within me.

“David was confronted with wickedness, foolishness, iniquity, destruction, deceitfulness, ungodly flatter, transgression, and rebellion at its worst. Yet, David chose to trust God with great joy (Proverbs 3:5–6). David understood what it meant to have the Lord’s favor and divine protection shielding him from the dangers of evil men. David said, ‘In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.’(Psalm 5:3).

“Let us habitually seek the Lord in the stillness of the morning with a bold passion and a deep thirst for more and more of God. Determine to make it a godly priority to seek God’s face before you start your day. Without apology, thirst for God’s heart, mind, will, and purpose for your life. Develop a habit of praying this prayer before you drift off to sleep: ‘Precious Lord, don’t allow anything to come between you and me tomorrow morning. But Lord, if it does, immediately remove it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.’

“Few people arise in the morning as hungry for God as they are for cornflakes or toast and eggs.”
—Dallas Willard

Stephanie Paul

Stephanie Paul serves as part of the Addiction Recovery Team at America’s Keswick as Director of Women of Character. She has been married for over 30 years to Sesky Paul who is a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. They have two grown children. Her single focus in ministry at Keswick is to image Christ in grace and truth to wounded and hurting women, encouraging them to make Jesus the truest Lover of their soul and the One in whom all hope lies.

1 http://www.agrm.org/agrm/Wednesday’s_Word.asp written by Robert Loggins

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