“My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.”
On a regular basis, how would you describe your mornings? Do you wake up grumpy, dreading another day? Or late, rushing to get your responsibilities done? Or perhaps you arise and rush to get the morning paper, check the news, or peruse Facebook, or the web.
David declares that his mornings began with the Lord. Even in the midst of difficult and trying times, he would start his day off enjoying fellowship with God. David determined that before he spent time walking about in this life, he would first spend time with the Lord. There is something special about beginning our days with the Lord. Like the early morning offerings sacrificed at the Temple, we should bring our lives before God as a morning offering. When we give the Lord first place in our day, we will find that He prepares us for what is ahead.
There have been so many days where I have had encounters with others, and realized, what I read in my morning devotions, proved to be the very counsel they needed. I have found that during morning prayer, the Lord will impress upon my heart someone who needs prayer; and later find that they were going through something difficult. I was able to participate in their victory by simply praying for them. Most of all, I have observed, when I start my day with the Lord, I avoid many of the pitfalls that I trip over on the days that I neglect to give Him first place.
Begin today making a commitment to start your day with the Lord. If you are not reading through your Bible regularly, go to http://www.ccvb.net and follow along with us, in the Through The Bible Reading.
When you give the Lord first place, you will find your life being transformed by Him.
- What does David declare he will do in the morning?
- What do you think he means by, “I will look up?” How can we look up today?
- We know God sent His Son to save sinners, but that does not mean that He tolerates sin. What does David declare is the attitude of God toward the unrepentant?
- Look carefully at verse 7, what does David trust in for access to God in prayer?
- What great promise does this psalm end with? How does that help you walk with Jesus today?