Take Charge of your Day
I have been in a recurring battle with discouragement lately, and as a result, I have been feeling inadequate, incompetent and inefficient. Life can be very hard sometimes, without any hope of improvement. But today, as I was discussing God’s Word with my wife and our friend, I felt the Holy Spirit saying to me that the answer to discouragement is for me to take charge of my day.
To be discouraged is to feel helpless, drained and in severe situations – lifeless. This was how I was feeling the past week. David also felt the same way in Psalm 5 (the focus of our discussion). He was in a place of distress, and he did not have any hope of safety – but he realised that God will always listen to the voice of his cry. There are four things the Holy Spirit taught me through our discussion about the life of David, which will enable us to take charge of our day and consequently, overcome discouragement:
1. Be intentional about seeking God in the morning
2. Be wholly vulnerable and open to Him
3. Be patient in the place of prayer, waiting on Him to respond
4. Be confident in His love for you
Be intentional about seeking God in the morning
David said in his prayer, “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct it to You” (Psalm 5:3 NKJV). David was being intentional about seeking the face of God. His prayers were not random nor religious – they were specific, and they were intentional. In the same vein, we too need to be intentional about seeking God. One of the ways we can do this is by setting a time in the day – especially in the morning – for prayer and fellowship with God.
Be vulnerable and open to Him
“Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God” (Psalm 5: 1 – 2 NKJV).
David never hid his emotions from God. He was never afraid to tell God about how he felt. This attitude and vulnerability is especially important, because as Christians we have learnt to camouflage our feelings through Christianese lingo in the exertion not to be negative. But David was very honest and open about his emotions in the place of prayer to God, because he realised that it is only a heart who is truly open that can receive from God.
Be patient in the place of prayer, waiting on Him to respond
David’s prayers were not monologues, they were conversations with a living God, whom he saw as his King and his God, “Listen to my voice in the morning, LORD. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly” (Psalm 5:3 NLT).
David realised that God was not a passive and silent God, but a God Who is active and wishes to communicate with us – His children. David knew that not only was God listening to Him, but God wanted to speak with Him, also. He was expectant to hear back from God.
Be confident in His love for you
“Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house; I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe” (Psalm 5:7 NLT).
David’s confidence before God had nothing to do with his actions, but God’s love for Him. David was a man who truly feared God but was also persuaded of His love. Because of this, David’s heart was opened to God, knowing that there was nothing on His mind that God does not want to hear about.
Learning from the life of David, I have discovered that to overcome discouragement by taking charge of my day, I need to start my day in fellowship with God, by intentionally seeking Him in the morning, being vulnerable to Him, waiting on what He has to say to me and trusting in His love.
I am, therefore, inviting you on this journey of devotion to God, not trusting in our actions or abilities, but in our relationship and fellowship with Him.
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