Breaking Dawn

By Pastor Mitch
December 20, 2011

What is dawn? According to Wikipedia, it is the time that marks the beginning of twilight before sunrise.  It is recognised as the presence of light while the sun is still below the horizon. There are actually two twilights in the day. There is one before sunrise and another one just after sunset. Dawn should not be confused with sunrise, which is decribed as the point when the sun itself first appears at the horizon. The duration of twilight between dawn and sunrise can vary a lot in different countries. It can be as little as a few minutes in equatorial regions to many hours in the polar region. Dawn may easily be determined by observing a thread. When the color of a thread can be determined, changing from black to the thread’s distinctive color, the ‘crack of dawn’ has occurred. I love dawns. When the dawning sky can be specially seen, there is a special stillness and glory that goes with it. Not only is it a time to marvel how beautiful God creates a brand new day, it is also a time to seek Him as the Psalmist did.


Getting up at the crack of dawn to seek the Lord is a good personal practice. The Psalmist would seek the Lord and pray to Him first thing in the morning.

“Give ear to my word, O Lord, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and My God, for to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord, in the morning I will direct it to you and I will look up.” 
– Psalm 5:1-3

The Psalmist saw how prayer and meditation go together. Before he prayed, he would take time to meditate on the word of God (Psalm 1:3).  He would ponder, memorise and delight in His precious word. He also recognised God as One who would hear and answer his prayers. How could he not turn to this God who is King of his life!  Within his heart, he determined that he must turn to the Lord in the morning. He would cry aloud and offer prayers to Him after he had meditated on Him and His word. He will look up to God before his day begins and pray for His mercies and His leading in his life. His confidence was in a God who would hear his cries and answer them. Young people, let’s also determine to seek the Lord in the morning. Let’s look up to Him for guidance every brand new day.