We start off today in Psalms 5. The key question is, how do we start off our day or our morning? Most of us wake up and rush around to eat and get ready to get out the door for work or to start our day with whatever it is we have planned. A lot of times mornings are rushed.
Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. 2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. 3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
David is firmly determined to seek God with all his heart, and commits himself to three actions. The first is that he is confident that God will hear his voice, and will persist in prayer and not live without it. Second, he will pray to God “in the morning”. Third, he will “look up” in expectation for answers to his prayer, and throughout the day he will search for signs that God is a work in his life.
All through school I remember being told that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. It was important to get your day started off right and to be well nourished so you would have energy throughout the day. Our alone time, prayer time is the same way. It’s important that we start it off first thing in the morning.
A couple years ago, I started getting up earlier in the morning so that I could start reading my Bible and praying before starting anything else for the day. I noticed that my days went a lot better. Some of the stresses that would irritate me at work, stopped irritating me as much. Not that God necessarily took away irritants in my life, but I faced those irritants differently. Somethings were not worth getting worked up about. Other things I handled differently. Other times it was just my general mood that made me handled the situation differently. I’m also more relaxed in my day because I’m not rushing around first thing in the morning to get ready for work. Have you ever noticed that if you get up and have to really rush to get somewhere in the morning your whole day feels rushed?
I feel like I’m more honest with myself first thing in the mornings and before going to bed. The defenses you put up through the day are not there. The problem with the evenings are, I can pray, and next thing I know it is time to get up the next morning, because I fell asleep. So I started my alone time with God in the mornings. I can be more honest with myself, and when God is speaking to me I’m not making excuses. Also, if I start my mornings with God, I’ve set my focus on Him and that carries throughout the day.
Take Home Message
How we start our day, sets the path for the rest of that day. Just as if we eat a health breakfast we have more energy, if we start our day in the presence of God, our mindset will be much more likely to be of Godly things.
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