Save me, O God, by your name,
and vindicate me by your might.
Hear my prayer, O God;
give ear to the words of my mouth. (Psalm 54:1–2)
To you, O LORD, I call;
my rock, do not refuse to hear me. (Psalm 28:1a)
The psalmist wakes up this morning and asks God to listen to her prayer and she will go to sleep this evening asking God to listen to her prayer. In the morning she prays because she needs help to deal with her day; enemies have risen up against her, so from first light, she dedicates her day to God, asking God to listen to her cries for help. And when the sun is setting, she recognizes that she will need strength to deal with the new challenges she will face in the coming day. Morning and night she asks God to hear her prayers; but morning and night, she also places her trust in the strength of God who is her rock and refuge. Morning and night, we too might place ourselves in God’s hand, dedicating ourselves to God and trusting that God is with us. – rc