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The morning hymn
Andrea Delwiche
by Andrea Delwiche
March 4, 2024

Would you like to join ancient Christians in one of their faith practices? Psalm 63 was called “the morning hymn.” John Chrysostom, a Christian who lived from a.d. 347 to 407, wrote, “It was decreed and ordained by the primitive [church] fathers, that no day should pass without the public singing of this Psalm.” Maybe you don’t want to sing, but give it a read. It’s only 11 verses.

Repetition helps us memorize and internalize. When we memorize a section of Scripture, we carry it with us wherever we go. It becomes a resource, a thirst quencher, as we go through life. 

Psalm 63 can also give us the words when our own thoughts are muddled. In this case, we have a conversation starter with the Lord for a wide variety of situations: when we long to feel God’s presence, when we rejoice in his goodness, when we are awake at night and can’t sleep, when we are confronted by evil, when we desire to feel connected to Christians all over the world and throughout the history of the church, when we desire to spend time meditating on God and increasing our faith in him. Day or night, this psalm gives words to our heart’s desire. 

“On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night. Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me” (verses 6-8).

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