THE MORNING-PSALM

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

O God, my God, unto you I rise early at dawn… If I remembered you on my bed, at the dawn I meditated on you. For you have become my helper; in the shelter of your wings will I rejoice.” (Ps 62: 1, 6-7, Septuagint-translation)

 

Psalm 62, which has been part of the morning-service of Matins (Orthros, Утреня) since our earliest witnesses to this service, reminds me of a simple, ancient wisdom: If I remember God “on my bed” or at bedtime, then my thoughts are drawn to Him again “at the dawn,” when I awake. Thus the key to a healthy, God-centered morning is a God-centered evening. It is also the key to letting God “become my helper” in my every day, choosing “the shelter of His wings” in His kind of joy to the burdens of self-centered fears and anxiety.

 

So today I’ll carry with me a few verses from this morning-psalm, letting Scripture discipline me in the simple ways it has done for centuries in an undisciplined, chaotic world. “For you have become my helper; in the shelter of your wings will I rejoice.”

 

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