MERRY MONDAY BY PARRIS BAILEY-
“Awake, my soul!
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.” Ps. 57:8
“The morning shall not awake me to praise; but in my songs I will anticipate the dawn.” – R. T. Society’s Notes.
There is nothing better than staying thankful and I am talking about having serious praise! Over twenty years ago, I had forgotten that. Everyday bled into another day of excuses, being upset, and battling anger. People, circumstances and my own short comings all overwhelmed me. David, while hiding in the cave from his many adversaries, learned about awakening the dawn. In other words he got his praise on!
God continues to put a “new song” in our mouth and it starts supernaturally. Reading his word and praying in the Spirit helps correct the wrong thinking that goes on. It’s time to awaken your slumbering morn! Awake soul thou sleeps! The question is, are we still hung up with the old song? Years ago, I remember having lunch with a church member explaining how much injustice was done to me. While I was talking I literally felt like I saw “the Lord” standing by me and imitating verbatim my little drama story! In fact, the Lord had a shovel in his hand implying the hole was just getting deeper! No, I wasn’t awaking the dawn with my praises! I thank God he had me see my little pity party I was having and it shook me to the core. Paul and Silas had quite a few injustices done to them, but at midnight they got their praise on and it set them free. Do you find yourself in a cave being chased by all your issues? Go ahead and put on a song, listen to psalms or do a dance-it’s time to awaken the dawn and get your praise on!
Treasury of David puts it this way, “He first teaches my fingers to fight, and then to play the epinikion, or song of triumph. Sound, then my Psaltery and harp, emulous of those that are around the throne above; your melody can soften my cares, lay my fears, and turn my cave into a choir.” You have to get up early and turn off all the garbage and learn to get violent with yourself. Yes, you have to get physical with yourself and get your heart fixed or prepared on God. David learned to awaken his tongue, to awaken his heart and his cave became a choir. I believe one has to get a grip on their belief system for your life. Are people, weather, circumstances in charge of your joy or do you drink from the well within? Look again, maybe the Lord has more to say than meets the eye. The Lord is tired of hearing your old sorry song, it’s time to get your praise on and awaken the dawn!
GOTTA GET, GOTTA GET, GOTTA GET MY PRAISE ON! GOTTA GET MY SERIOUS PRAISE ON! HE’S WORTHY, HE’S MIGHTY, HE’S WONDERFUL, HE’S MARVELOUS, HE’S AWESOME, HE’S RIGHTEOUS, HE’S HOLY, HOLY, HOLY!” Ellen Hayes