Thought for the Day: In the morning… Don’t you imagine that some people hear those words as if the writer is simply giving God a heads-up in regard to a scheduled prayer time the following day. “By the way, tomorrow I plan to add prayer to my already busy schedule.” That might be one way of reading those words, but I’ve got to believe that this person is speaking about a practice, a daily habit that is prayer. The Psalm begins with what sounds like a request, “Give ear to my words…,” but then it transitions to a declaration of faith. The author of the Psalm announces how God will hear what is offered. This is not someone speaking of a casual acquaintance, but a deep and trusted relationship – a relationship that has its origin in a daily gathering where there is both sharing and listening. I can’t imagine that such a relationship is created haphazardly and without consistency.
Prayer: Thank you for always being available to us in prayer, O Lord. May your consistent presence not be taken for granted, but honored as we create a more consistent practice in our own lives. Amen.
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