Day One – Read Psalm 5:3 ESV and Proverbs 8:17 SOAP Psalm 5:3
In the Morning When I Rise – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_SwjzlMGhw
Psalm 5:3 O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch.
Proverbs 8:17 – I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.
O – When should we pray? In the morning. In these verses, I see “in the morning,” “prepare a sacrifice”, “watch”, and “seek diligently.” The other versions that I read spoke to my heart – “In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. “(NIV) and “In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will prepare [a prayer and a sacrifice] for You and watch and wait [for You to speak to my heart].” (AMP) The feeling here is expectancy – that meeting with God that brings a realization that He is there, waiting, and He hears. Both versions give a feeling of watching and waiting – for God to speak back. It is a conversation, not a monologue! (ouch – how many times do I have a monologue?) The end result of this conversation is finding God – even in my mornings!
A – For years, I struggled with the feelings of guilt from verses such as these. I am NOT a morning person – it takes a shower and a cup of coffee – and about an hour before my brain kicks in gear. I literally walk through my morning routine as though rote, and finally, my brain wakes enough to join my body. So, I did my Bible study and devotions in the evening, when I was more awake and alert. But, for the past few months, I have spent my early morning in Bible study and prayer – with my coffee. I have become more regular in my study, and have enjoyed this morning time. When I was teaching, it was evening study. But today’s blog posting from Jen spoke to my heart. Can I spend those first few minutes in prayer and praise? After I hit that “snooze” button, can I pray instead of snooze? Can I start my day differently? That is this week’s challenge for me! “In the morning, when I rise, give me Jesus!”
P – Father God, I confess my morning laziness in seeking you FIRST. Give me the willpower to seek You, and to seek You first in my day. Not to have the excuse of “when I sit down with my coffee”, but first off. But, also give me the clarity of thought and heart when I sit with my coffee and Your Word. Thank You for this reminder, and Your constant love and presence.