“Wake up, lyre and harp! I will wake the dawn with my song.” (Psalm 108:2).
Mornings, it seems, are for singing. The birds know this. There is a freshness of a new day which elicits a song.
But what song will I sing? The song of the gospel, of course. The song which sings of the unfathomable riches of God's love and grace. The song which celebrates him, his sovereignty, his power. Control — God has it, and I will glorify him for it.
“I will wake the dawn with my song.” Our psalmist races the sun to rise in praise before it can. He wants to beat the day to the punch. Lyrics of joy and celebration for God will spill out of his mouth. He has made his determination. Tomorrow morning? A song of praise over God will resound.
When a day begins like that, you’ve already won. The tone for the day is set. If a day were a building, the morning would be its foundation. For our psalmist, the foundation is strong. He is grounded in God. He has connected to His Lord.
A song does not take too long. It gets one into passion and celebration rather quickly. Melodies and lyrics somehow unlock the heart to God with a rapidity fastidious study cannot produce.
A song has attitude and meaning behind it, or it cannot fly. A song is more than lyrics and music and rhythm and time, but love in another form. A song might not even make a sound, at least not from the mouth, for it always will make a song from the heart.
Determined. The psalmist was determined. Setting his alarm clock his thought was, tomorrow morning I will wake the dawn with my song. He would praise. Will you?
What are some creative ways you have discovered to start the day with praise for God? Have you found a day which begins with God at the center is better?