daily struggle: “make haste to help me, O Lord, my salvation”

I am a morning riser.  I can’t stay up late, and start getting sleepy around 9 pm!  So I look forward to each morning when I wake up, refreshed on most mornings, and looking forward to a new day.  Past week, however, I wake up and feel a bit lost.  It’s been difficult to focus and to achieve sustained concentration level required to study.  So I wonder, how can I calm down and take advantage of the morning hours that I am alert for to try to be productive?

The answer I think is psalms.  Reading psalms, I think will be my remedy.  I feel lost and this seems to be a human condition we all share, especially during such days of unsettling political, ecological, and moral climate.  If you find you are feeling lost, more than usual, I invite you to read psalms with me as you start your morning.  Maybe even after reading and praying through the psalms, you will still feel at a loss.  But at least God will hear our prayers through the words of the psalmist that we lift up.

This morning, I am just going to meditate and pray these words:

“make haste to help me,
    O Lord, my salvation.”  (Psalm 38:22)

Lord, come quickly to my aid.  Lord, come quickly to our aid.  That’s my prayer this morning.  I will have that on repeat in my mind, soul, and heart.