“This morning I pray”: This first line is chalk full of wisdom. In Psalms 5:3 it says “Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly”. I have found time and again that praying in the morning sets the tone for the day and the days seem to go much smoother and better if I do. What if we pray in the morning rather than later in the day?
“That You will guide me through”: I started by asking a question of God. It asks God to guide me through the day rather than my own self making my own agenda to follow. Self-will is something that will kill us ultimately, it has to. In Psalms 73:24 it says “You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny”. We all want a glorious destiny don’t we?
“The day You made”: This part goes back to a belief in creationism where it talks of God creating the world. In Genesis 1:3-5 it says “Then God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. The he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day’ and the darkness ‘night’. And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day”. I wonder if this poem could help anyone who doesn’t believe in creationism?
“Just for me and You”: This shows a very personal relationship between the Lord God and the person praying this prayer. As it says in 1 Corinthian 6:17 “But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him”. Who doesn’t want to be in the same spirit as the Lord of all the universe?
Take up my mouth”: I said this because it means that I want the Lord to speak through my mouth and speak only that which he may say to someone else, or for that matter to myself even. In the first part of Jude 1:20 it says “But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith ……”. This is a tall order in itself. The tongue is an unruly member of our body and it is the hardest of all to control. I think everyone struggles with this in one form or another. Do you struggle with it too?
“And give me the words”: this phrase has quite a deep meaning for me because it means that we can hear from God. Hearing from God comes from a deep communion with him and that takes time. It is possible to walk in the kind of communion with God. Many characters in the Bible had it, many people today have it, you and I can have it to. One verse I especially like for this phrase of the poem is in Matthew 13:16 where it says: “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear”. Would you like to hear what God wants you to say? Read on.
“Help me to sing, as you do the birds”: I put this verse in here, now don’t laugh, because I couldn’t carry a tune. I wanted to be able to sing as easily as the birds do. They don’t have to take singing lessons. They aren’t off-key. They don’t struggle with it like I did back then. So that was meant purely for my lack of having a singing voice.
“Look through my eyes”: This speaks to a total surrender of my body to the Lord. You’ve heard the old adage, ‘see no evil’? Well back when I wrote this poem I didn’t know good from evil. I was ‘full of the world’. I needed God to look through my eyes and the next line ….
“And let me know”: I had to have God let me know what was evil and what was good. I had so much to learn back in those early days. I believe that’s where this poem came from. It came from a place of innocent searching for a closer walk with God. And it was a starting point. A starting point I repeatedly go back to when I get off track. One of the reasons I put this line in is the poem comes from verses like 1 John 5:15 where it says “And since we know he hears us when we make our requests, we also know that he will give us what we ask for”. Would you like God to give you what you ask for?
“How can I help”: This speaks to spiritual gifts which I knew nothing of at that time. In 1 Corinthians 12:27-28 it says: “Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others,” and there it was, I had the gift of “helps” but didn’t know it yet. What is your gift? If you know nothing of it either, stay tuned, I will someday do a study on that for you.
“My friend or my foe”: Yes, that’s right. We are supposed to help not only our friends but our enemies too. I am sure everyone has heard the verse about ‘turning the other cheek’, but it is so much more than that. Have you heard about Matthew 5:44? It says “But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” Yes, we are supposed to love them. If that doesn’t beat all! I can’t say I am very good at this one. I try but sometimes I fail. How good are you at loving your enemies?
“Give me the strength, so I do not faint”: This came from a scripture I had already heard. It is Isaiah 40:31 where it says: “But those who trust in the lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint. I found comfort in that scripture because I spent most of my life feeling tired, like I was going to faint at any moment. This feeling was taken from me, thank God, and it can be taken away from anyone who is feeling tired and worn out. My book, “How To Get Near God’s Heart” is intended to lead you into a very intimate walk with the Lord where you will find all that you need. What is it that you need (or want) to ask God for today?
“Help me remember, The picture I paint”: This speaks to the fact that we are examples to others. In the middle of 3 John 1:11 it says: “Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God’s children”. Also, other people watch what kind of an example of a Christian that we are. I wanted to always keep that in mind as I grew in my faith. What kind of an example do you want to be to other people?
“Guide me this day, and lead me toward”: This explains how I wanted God to be the one that led me, and I wanted him to lead me like a shepherd leads his sheep. The sheep follow the shepherds voice because they are tuned into that one voice and don’t listen to other voices. The shepherd, in turn, takes very good care of them. I am sure we have all heard the psalm where it says: “he leads me beside still waters”. There is a lot of wisdom in that sentence. I have heard that sheep cannot drink from running streams. They need still water to drink from. The shepherd leads the sheep to those still waters so that they can drink. That what I wanted. I wanted a place to drink in God. Do you want that also?
“Whatever You’ve Planned”: This showed me I wanted total surrender to God’s plan for me because nothing I had tried up to that point had worked for me. I figured maybe God’s way might work if I finally decided to try it. I had no fear because it says in Psalms 25:9: “He leads the humble in doing right, teaching them his way”. There is also Psalms 73:24: “You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny”. That’s what I wanted. Who doesn’t want a glorious destiny after all?
“My Precious Lord”: I think that is self-explanatory. I was falling in love with the Lord and he was becoming very precious to me with the little bit I had seen of him up to that point. What awaited me in the years to follow was glorious.
I would invite you to take this journey with me. The book “How To Get Near God’s Heart” is only $4.99 on kindle. I have links to it on the top of my blog so it is easy to find.
I plan to write the interpretations to these poems here, maybe weekly. So stay tuned, this could be a one-of-a-kind journey that you won’t want to return from.