I am a morning riser. I can’t stay up late, and start getting sleepy around 9 pm! So I look forward to each morning when I wake up, refreshed on most mornings, and looking forward to a new day. Past week, however, I wake up and feel a bit lost. It’s been difficult to focus and to achieve sustained concentration level required to study. So I wonder, how can I calm down and take advantage of the morning hours that I am alert for to try to be productive?
The answer I think is psalms. Reading psalms, I think will be my remedy. I feel lost and this seems to be a human condition we all share, especially during such days of unsettling political, ecological, and moral climate. If you find you are feeling lost, more than usual, I invite you to read psalms with me as you start your morning. Maybe even after reading and praying through the psalms, you will still feel at a loss. But at least God will hear our prayers through the words of the psalmist that we lift up.
This morning, I am just going to meditate and pray these words:
“make haste to help me,
O Lord, my salvation.” (Psalm 38:22)
Lord, come quickly to my aid. Lord, come quickly to our aid. That’s my prayer this morning. I will have that on repeat in my mind, soul, and heart.