Vs. 147 — I rise before the dawning of the morning, And cry for help; I hope in Your word.

John Morison:

“I prevented the dawning of the morning.” Early prayers are undisturbed by the agitating cares of life, and resemble the sweet melody of those birds which sing loudest and sweetest when fewest ears are open to listen to them. O my soul, canst thou say that thou hast thus “prevented the dawning of the morning” in thy approaches to God? Has the desire of communion with heaven raised thee from thy slumbers, shaken off thy sloth, and carried thee to thy knees?” (Spurgeon, C. H. (2009). The treasury of David: Psalms 111-119 (Vol. 5, p. 402). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)

Charles H. Spurgeon:

“I hoped in thy word.” Hope is a very powerful means of strengthening us in prayer. Who would pray if he had no hope that God would hear him? Who would not pray when he has a good hope of a blessed issue to his entreaties? His hope was fixed upon God’s word, and this is a sure anchorage, because God is true, and in no case has he ever run back from his promise, or altered the thing that has gone forth from his mouth. He who is diligent in prayer will never be destitute of hope. Observe that as the early bird gets the worm, so the early prayer is soon refreshed with hope.” (Spurgeon, C. H. (2009). The treasury of David: Psalms 111-119 (Vol. 5, p. 402). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.)

Prayer:

I rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word. Who is likened unto Thee, O’ God?! Where else can I go but to Thee? You hear my cries. You hear my groaning. You feel my tears. And You alone are able to comfort me, revive me, and strengthen me. Let Your word, I ask, blossom in my soul and fill my whole being with the fragrance of Christ. When Christ is the aroma of my whole life–my direction, desires, and need, then I will be anchored in a sure hope and filled with joy. This I pray.

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