Food for Friday

Cause me to hear thy loving-kindness in the morning, for in thee do I trust. Cause me to know the way wherein I should walk, for I lift up my soul unto thee. Psalm 143:8

One of the special things about the place where we live is the high bird population. Birds of all kinds seem to be in the area, and their singing is a constant delight most of the time. Some of those birds get up very early, I have noticed. At the very first hint of light in the east, the robins begin chirping and calling. Then I hear a killdeer whistling while it is still dark. For whatever reason, those birds seem excited that morning is on its way. Much more so than most people who I know! Some folks need a lot of time, coffee, and prodding to get them up and started. Maybe they need to take a cue from the birds that their Heavenly Father has given them another day with all its wonderful possibilities. The psalmist reminds us that morning is a good time to be reminded of the Lord’s loving-kindness.

Having a rough start to the day does incredible damage to the rest of the day. When we were children, if we were being difficult or grumpy, our mother used to ask us if we got out of the wrong side of the bed. We need a good start. And the psalmist reminds us that a reminder of the loving-kindness of our God is a good start. That is surely true because His loving-kindness is something to get excited about, and to be thrilled about. His loving-kindness is greater than we can ever exhaust in terms of appreciating it and understanding it. If we could just occupy our souls a little every morning with His loving-kindness, we would have many more good days.

First of all, the loving-kindness of God is all that has kept us from the perdition of the lost. Only His loving-kindness has brought us to salvation and into the family of God. Only His loving-kindness has given to us all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus. Even if circumstances around us are difficult and stormy, we can always rejoice in the wonder of our salvation and our glorious prospects for eternity. But God’s loving-kindness also grants to us the temporal blessings we appreciate each day. If we have good health, we have received it from God. If we have good meals, nice clothes, and a comfortable home, our Father has granted these to us. Good friends, good jobs, good communities are also part of His blessings. We are nothing apart from the loving-kindness of our God.

Try starting each day by praying David’s little prayer and see if it makes a difference in the quality of your day: Lord, cause me to hear thy loving-kindness this morning. – Jim MacIntosh

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