April 21, 2009
Seek the Lord Early
You have surely heard the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. A similar concept applies to our hearts and minds. The fuel that we give them each morning greatly affects the remainder of the day. Think of time in God’s Word, prayer, and meditation as spiritual nourishment for your relationship with the Lord.
David began his day with God. In Psalm 63, he described seeking the Lord early (the literal translation of earnestly). He woke up ravenous for His Creator, and after filling his yearning soul with the fullness of God, he broke out in praise and thanksgiving to the Lord. Even when night came, he was still thinking about His heavenly Father as he lay in bed.
Just imagine having a day like that—filled with joy and gratitude to God. This is possible when we set apart the beginning of our day to spend with the Lord, listening to Him speak through His Word and talking to Him in prayer. Our blessing will be even richer when we stay mindful of God throughout the day and into the night—contemplating who He is and how He works. Seeking the Lord not only fills our empty souls; it also increases our hunger for more of Him.
Do you find it a struggle to set apart time with the Lord each morning? Lifelong habits begin with baby steps, not grand, overwhelming resolutions. Start today—set aside fifteen minutes just one morning. Try this for a few days, and see if the Lord begins to satisfy your soul and increase your hunger for Him.
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