“At daybreak, Lord, You hear my voice; at daybreak I plead my case before You and watch expectantly.” (Psalm 5:3)
The events of life can build up layers of stress and duress until we feel beset by them. We find ourselves needing a place of refuge some days, a place where we find both rest and resolution. Sometimes we even feel the need to get there quick!
David had those days, and Psalm 5 seems to be one of them. In verse 3 he says that he went to the Lord at “daybreak,” and the repetition of that word reveals the urgency he felt. And, of course, seeking the Lord at daybreak reveals not only urgency but extreme need.
Urgency and need are clear in what David says, but maybe there is a parallel principle we should explore, one that could lead to a great practice. Maybe there is great benefit in seeking the Lord daily at “daybreak,” regardless of the level of duress. Daybreak is a wonderful time of the day for meeting with God and then watching as He leads us through the day. If a literal “daybreak” is difficult, then maybe “first thing in the morning” will do.
Those who seek the Lord early will find the rest of the day more joyful, for the Lord is a refuge of joy.
Lord, Today be our refuge as we early come to You. We trust Your faithful love. Amen.