PRAYER OF THE EARLY MORNING!
“God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn” (Psalm 46:5).
I read the following passage in a book. “In an early morning, I heard the noise of some hunting dogs chasing the deer. One beautiful dotted deer was unable to run further and so jumped over the fence and entered my premises. It reached me and buried its head in between my legs. I lifted it and chased the dogs placing the deer on my shoulders. I saved the deer from the terrible teeth of the dogs. When that weak deer is relying upon my strength, how could a hunting dog catch it?
After reading this passage, I took myself to be that deer. Many evil spirits and demons kept chasing me until I who am a weak, took refuge in the feet of God. The evil thoughts and lusts chased me. I bawled saying, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me?” When I buried my face at God’s feet, He stood by me and protected me delivering from the hands of the enemies.
St. Augustine, a devotee, points out like this. “My soul is restless and is worrying over several trials and tribulations. But I rested wonderfully when I reached the feet of Christ. My heart was restless until it rested on Jesus. David who went in search of rest in the face of God said, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for you, O God” (Psalm 42:1).
There are three important reasons for the deer to pant for the fountain of water. Firstly, the unbearable thirst the deer has. The second reason is the hot atmosphere which prevails in the wilderness. Thirdly, the deadly fear they get when being chased by the hunting dogs. Once they reach the water brooks, it becomes impossible for the dogs to sniff and thus the brooks become their refuge of safety.
Dear children of God, similar to this, you must learn to come into Christ and rest, when problems and struggles chase you. You have to bawl and pray up to God. His comfort and consolation are available only in the face of God. So, David says, “O God, You are my God; early will I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh longs for you in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1).
In the verse which finds a place at the beginning of this meditation, we read “God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.” David says that he would seek God in the early morning. So, seek God in the early morning which will enable you to live the whole day victoriously and purely.
To meditate: “Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.” (Psalm 57:8).