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

            I love early mornings. Everything is quiet.  Life around me has not yet begun. No hustle and bustle.  No phone ringing…all is quiet.  I love quiet.  Yes, some days it’s difficult to answer my alarm, but once I’m up, in the quietness of the house, my mind can focus on the Lord.  It’s still dark out, then I begin to see the light dawning, the birds begin to chirp and everything seems fresh and new.  I wonder if that’s just a glimpse of what God may have felt in its entirety when He said, “Let there be light,” and there was light!

            In the morning, everything seems new. The Psalmist said “In the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.  What an encouragement that is for us to help us keep our perspective where it ought to be…on Christ.  In Lamentations 3:22-23, it tells us that God’s compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 

            With all of the fear and uncertainty that we face each day, this is a wonderful reminder that God has a whole new wonderful day waiting for us. Yesterday, with all of its pain and regret, is gone forever.  If I have fallen to bitterness, self-pity, anger, greed or lust, I have another chance to seek God’s mercy and live in victory today. If I’ve been bullied, abused or insulted, I have a new supply of grace available to see how God’s going to work to produce a great humility in my life. We don’t have to be afraid of whether or not I’m going to fail again today.  God is always there to pick us up and supply the needed strength to grow and move forward, trusting Him rather than ourselves.

            In one sense, being “born again” is not a one-time experience.  After the initial birth by repentance and faith, God continues to give new starts.  The trials of life draw us to Him for new mercies every day. Having failed or been discouraged yesterday doesn’t force me to continue in that mindset today.  Someone once said: “Each new day gives me a new empty sheet to fill with whatever God’s mercy and grace will enable me to do.”  What a blessing that is!  Great is Your faithfulness!