My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. Psalms 130:6 KJV
Down through the ages watchmen or sentinels found their places of duty on high points of their city – a roof, a tower, a wall – to stand guard and watch for the approach of an enemy. The night watches were divided into three time periods. The third, called the morning watch, was typically from 2: 00 A.M. until sunrise. I would imagine it was the hardest watch for them to endure, peering out into the darkness (no electricity, no flashlights), watching and longing for the morning. I can see them scanning the horizon for those wonderful first rays of the sun, all the while praying that the dreaded attack of an enemy would not happen on their watch.
No doubt we all have watched and prayed and wept through many night seasons, longing for the light of day. Those first rays of morning seem to bring new hope after the long night and its shadows. In His Word the Lord promises that each new day is begun with a fresh dose of mercy, a comforting helping of lovingkindness, and a strengthening portion of joy. Another promise of the morning is that when we seek Him earnestly, He will hear our voice and waken our ear to hear His voice – much needed communication.
Yes, we must all go through our night seasons, but we are promised that whatever the day ahead may hold, we will begin it with the Lord and His promises to us. Ah, there’s just something about the morning!
Psalms 30:5, Lamentations 3:22-23, Psalms 92:2, Psalms 5:3, Isaiah 50:4, Psalms 63