Let the Morning Bring Word of Your Unfailing Love, for I Have Put my Trust in You.

Let the Morning Bring Word of Your Unfailing Love, for I Have Put my Trust in You.

Every now and then, I land for a couple of days in the town that I grew up in. My parents are there, and all the families of the kids that I went to school with; while the kids of my generation have pretty much all grown up and moved away for university or jobs, it’s the kind of town that doesn’t change much around that; the same ladies stand behind the desk in the library, the same families take their kids to the park near my house, and everything looks pretty much the same. My best friend migrated home after university, and my Mum and Dad have moved from the home that we grew up in to a bungalow just around the corner – so when I have some time there I like to get out for a walk and tread all the paths that I used to take as a teenager. I go and see the friends who work in the local shop or the pub, I walk up and see the families that I spent a lot of time with back then, I walk past my old house, and my primary school, and all the spaces that we used to sit for hours on a Saturday. This time, I found a big coat and took off out the front door, with a hours’-or-so route in mind to take me around all the old favourites. About ten minutes later, tragedy struck – my phone ran out of battery, and the tunes that had been coming through my headphones disappeared. I grumbled for a moment, and then stuffed my headphones back into my pocket and carried on walking onto the common, a bit too far in to the walk to turn around.

I don’t think I realized how much time I spend with my headphones in until I was suddenly doing something without them. Years ago, I convinced myself that I was bored and started wearing headphones while walking from place to place and travelling to work; while the reality is that time spent with my headphones in is time that I don’t need to spend with my own thoughts. It’s a distraction, and I was totally lost as to what to do with myself without them.

As I walked, my hand brushed against a post-it note that I had in my pocket, which I had used to scribble down a thought the day before in a meeting at work. I pulled it out, and realized that the note was a Bible verse – probably for a blog post or something I was getting ready for at church:

“Let the morning bring word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You” Psalm 143:8

As I set out for my walk, I had put my headphones on to keep my mind from faffing about the list of things that there were to be worried about at that point in time – from finances, to my job, to friends – there were lots of things that had been whirring around my mind for a few days. But in that moment, as I read that verse that I had left for myself, I made a decision to spend my walk letting my mind focus on those words, instead of the music that I would normally turn to by default. As I walked, I let the verse repeat in my mind in time with each step, over and over a few times until I had it in a rhythm. And as this went on, it began to clock how much meaning was found in each word of the verse, and how full of truth this verse is.

I began to let each word come into focus, one at a time, and as I did that, hope and clarity to the things that had been clouding my brain; I hope that these words bring you something of that hope and clarity, too:

“Let the morning bring word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You” Psalm 143:8

 

Let the morning bring…: This is a not a question but a command and a demand; there is expectation and faith here, commanding something into being that had not been there before. In the context of the Psalm, this is a prayer that David is lifting up in the midst of trouble – he needs something from God to sustain him in the place that he is in. The Greek word for let here is shama: to hear – David is asking God to cause him to hear something from Him, an exchange of understanding from God to man.

Let the morning bring…: This isn’t a vague notion of time that may or may not come around, but an expectation that something is going to happen imminently; that something will come in the new day. Here, David wasn’t asking or begging for something to happen if it could – he was calling it into being at a particular time. We can do the same: Lamentations 3:22 says that His mercies never come to an end, and are new every morning – we can expect a new day to bring fresh home and a change of perspective on the things that we are standing in.

Let the morning bring word…: This prayer calls new hope and word from God; it is coming – it not up to me to make it happen or to change the way that things are, because it is God who has mercies that are new, and it is God who speaks hope.

Let the morning bring word…: there is a promise here that hope will come as a shout, as a whisper, as a strong message and an example – evidence from God directly. This isn’t the same as a reliance on others to speak good things into us; we can have an experiential knowledge of the love that God has for us, and this is what comes with this expectation: an encounter with God always brings hope.

… bring word of Your unfailing love…: There is power in looking to God to sustain us, instead of needing the love and mercy and kindness of man. When we pray prayers like this, we are directing our words at a person – our Father and our friend. We are not hoping that our circumstances or something in the universe is going bring us favour, but we have faith that this word and this hope will come from the person that we need it from the most.

…word of Your unfailing love…: This is meant in the strongest sense: He cannot fail us or let us down or walk away. His love isn’t something that can be broken – it is always and it is constant.

… of Your unfailing love…: Agape love; perfect, selfless, sacrificial love. Love that brings with it all of the qualities of love in action: love that is patient and kind, not envying or boastful, not proud; love that does not dishonour others, love that is not self-seeking or easily angered, and love that keeps no record of wrongs. Love that always protects, hopes, perseveres and trusts, and love that never fails – this is what we are waiting in faith for word of. 

…Your unfailing love, for I have put…: because – that is, everything that follows this word is a direct result of everything that has come before. That is, I have put my trust in you, and therefore the morning will bring word of Your unfailing love. Sometimes faith is a congregational thing, but this is the prayer of an individual: have put my trust in Him, and therefore He will bring me hope.

…for I have put my trust…: This is past tense: it is a decision that has already been made and stands from here on out. To put is a physical action: my trust is placed – it isn’t going anywhere.

…for I have put my trust in You: Trust is a precious thing; it determines where our heart and our confidence goes. Trust is the key component of friendship, both with man and with God: where is my relationship with God if I do not believe that He is trustworthy?

… for I have put my trust in You: as I have been covered by Him and included in Him, this is where my trust is: it is inside of Him, and it is safe. It is covered and protected, You being the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and my best friend.

 

And so, I am choosing to share this prayer with David, and I am speaking the same words over my circumstances – you can do the same, because you have access to the same relationship with the same God. Wherever you stand; let the morning bring word of Your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in You.

Make this your prayer tonight, wherever you are and whatever circumstances you are standing in, and watch to see what the morning brings.

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