Devotional

Looking Up in the Morning

Michael Beck Michael Beck

“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.” (Psalm 5:3)

In the morning, we can arise with a refreshed spirit, hopeful and thankful for a new day; or, we can awaken to feel once again the weight of yesterday’s burdens which are still with us. “Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.” (Prov. 12:25)

Satan is the great oppressor and depressor. We should never expect him to make our burden lighter. Jesus tells us to come to Him to find rest for our souls. He has the word that can make our heart glad, even in the midst of trial. The devil wants our spirit to melt; he wants us to remain weak, debilitated, and discouraged. He would terrorize our soul and take away our will to live.

We have a choice: will we look up or will we give up? If in the morning, we will direct our prayer to our God and look up, He will hear our voice and answer with a word of His own. We live by every word that proceeds from His mouth. The Psalmist could say: “This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.” (Psalm 119:50)

To face any trouble we must have a divine perspective. God must lift us up and out of the purely natural and let us see things from His angle. It will do us no good to see things the way man sees. To be spiritually minded is life and peace. But if we are to understand what God wants us to understand we must seek Him. “Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.” (Prov. 28:5)

No matter what kind of morning you are having, let God hear your voice – and then, hear His voice. Though your situation remains unchanged, hearing from Him will make all the difference in your spirit. The “good word” you get from God may not be the one you want to hear, but it will be the one you need to hear.


Michael Beck is a pastor in New York City and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.