A few years back I wondered what my voice sounded like as I coached, so I embarked on something I had never done before. Half scared, I put a voice recorder in my pocket and hit “record” as the game began. As the game went on, I eventually forgot that the device was in my pocket.
It was incredibly humbling to hear the playback of what the sidelines and I sounded like throughout the peaks and valleys of competition. Even though we won the game, during the times of great intensity, there was little joy in my voice.
In Psalm 5:3, David brings his requests to God each morning and waits expectantly: “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.”
David goes on to describe the joy that he experiences as he places his trust in God:
But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You;Psalm 5:11-12
Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them;
Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You. For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield.
When I had stopped to listen to what my voice sounded like that day, I realized how routine coaching had become for me, and that I was lacking the enthusiasm I once had. It is important that we take time each morning to come before God, and evaluate the voice that He hears from us, and to never lose sight of the great joy that we can find if it’s truly in Him that we take our refuge. Like David, I want to bring my requests to God each morning, and I want the voice that He hears to be filled with joy. As God continues His work in me, my hope is that same joy filled voice of the morning, will be heard in every moment of the day!
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