This little concert of birdsong in the wee hours of the morning is called the “dawn chorus”. It can start as early as four o’clock in the morning and last several hours.
It’s true that birds sing all throughout the day, but during the early morning dawn, their songs seem louder, livelier, and more frequent especially depending upon how much you needed your sleep.
So how do you respond when this happens? Do you enjoy their little concert, or do you instead start your own “singing” as you slam the window closed in a huff?
King David wrote in Psalm 57
“My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise. Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.” (Psalm 57:7-8 NKJV)
David seems to be greeting the new day by singing songs to God and playing on several different instruments. Sounds a lot like those ‘pesky’ little birds waking us up way too early in the morning!
And I should add, he wrote this when he was on the run, far away from his home, hiding in a cave, trying to get away from an angry king named Saul who was trying to kill him for something that he didn’t even do!
Instead of complaining, David was actually choosing to respond to the new day with songs of joy and praise during a time when he might have chosen instead to be angry with God for his current situation.
I like how Eugene Peterson translates Psalm 57:7-8 in the “Message”:
David wrote in Psalm 5:3
“My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.”
We get to choose to participate in a ‘dawn chorus’ as EACH of our new days begin. How you respond is up to you, but it will affect you and all who will come across your path today.
The Message (MSG)
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New King James Version (NKJV)
The Holy Bible, New King James Version Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.