Are you a morning person? Do you wake up with joy ready to go or does it take you several cups of coffee and quiet before you’re ready to take on the day?
It’s said that non-morning people find early-morning enthusiasts a bit obnoxious.
I used to wake our children up by singing, Rise and Shine and Give God the Glory, each morning. They thought it was fun when they were little but as they got older I’m pretty sure obnoxious would be the word they would use.
I’m still a “get up and get things done” kind of person but now it’s after my coffee and time with the Lord.
Psalm 59 begins like many others with one of David’s pleas for help…
“Rescue me. Protect me. Save me. See what’s happening and help me.” (v. 1,2,4)
What does having joy in the morning have to do with crying out to God for help?
David had cried out and received God’s help often enough that after he’d voiced his need for help he quickly turned his focus from his problems to the Problem Solver.
You are my strength; I wait for You to rescue me,Psalm 59:9–10
for You, O God, are my fortress.
In His unfailing love, my God will stand with me.
He will let me look down in triumph on all my enemies.
David trusted God to give him strength, stand with him, and watch over him. David knew he was not alone and that the Lord was well aware of his circumstances and He was able to save him.
That’s why David could say…
But as for me, I will sing about your power.Psalm 59:16–17
Each morning I will sing with joy about Your unfailing love.
For You have been my refuge,
a place of safety when I am in distress.
O my Strength, to you I sing praises,
for You, O God, are my refuge,
the God who shows me unfailing love.
David could have joy in the morning because he trusted God’s unfailing love and His power to help. Why? Because he remained mindful of all the ways God has shown him love and helped him in the past.
That’s why it has been so important for me to count my blessings at the end of each day. I need to intentionally thank God every night for things like moments of joy and laughter, strength, hope, for Jesus, and the gift of faith.
When I pause as I lay my head on the pillow and close my eyes to prayerfully remember His blessings, I can cry out to God for help, and trust Him to respond with unfailing love and provision. When I remember all He’s done for me that day I know I can give Him a joyful tomorrow.
I’ve learned that…
Nighttime gratitude leads to joy in the morning.
A Prayer for Joy in the Morning
Father, thank you for hearing my prayer. You invite me to bring my burdens to You. (Matthew 11:28) You tell me not to worry but to pray about everything . . . to tell You my needs and thank You for all You have done. (Philippians 4:6–7) And You promise that I will receive Your mercy and grace to help me when I need it most. (Hebrews 4:16)
I am humbled and so very thankful. You made me and watch over me. I don’t deserve any of Your blessings and yet, You forgive me and give me peace, strength, hope, comfort, victory over sin and death, patience and encouragement, and the promise of life with You forever.
Thank you! Thank you!
Please forgive me for taking Your many blessings for granted. I have cried out to You so many times and You have provided for me again and again. And I know there are countless things that You have done that haven’t even seen.
I want to thank and praise You with all my life. I want to live each moment for Your glory. And I want to end each day with gratitude and celebrate each new morning with joy. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Many of us begin each day by scrolling through the morning headlines or checking out our friends on social media.
And we end the day by lifting up our needs in prayer crying out about our cares and concerns . . . after we finally put down our phones and turn off the light.
God wants us to come to Him with everything—the good, bad, and in-between.
But thinking about my thoughts, attitudes, and the way I live my life, I wonder if we all wouldn’t enjoy more peace and happiness if we ended the day with gratitude to prepare our hearts to wake up with joy in the morning.
Give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.Ephesiasn 5:20
Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning.Psalm 30:5b
May you be blessed as you practice nighttime gratitude that leads to joy in the morning.
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