My God, You are my God; early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; my flesh longs for You in a dry and thirsty land where there is no water (Ps. 63:1).
If God is my God, it should follow quite naturally that I would seek Him early….
— because it would be an offering of the firstfruits of my time, suggesting that I abhor the idea of risking the possibility of being so ensnared by the cares of living in a day that I neglect meaningful time in the Holy Word and in silent and prayerful communion with the Holy Spirit; for such neglect would offend His Glory: forsaking the fountain of living water and hewing for myself broken cisterns that can hold no water (Jer. 2:13).
— because it is a token of my conviction that He is Sovereign and my designs for the new day must always be subservient to His will. Therefore, by spending the first part of my day with Him, I make myself more inclined to hear the voice of His Spirit in my life.
— because it shows Him that He has the first place in my affections. Nothing will draw me out of my slumber like the promise of communion with Jesus, the Lord and Savior.
— because the examples of the favored men of God in the Scriptures should be my commands. Abraham, the friend of God, rose early. David, the man after God’s own heart, rose early. So must I.
— because my passion for God is like thirsting in a dry land. It becomes a compelling first priority. Everything else loses its appeal when the mouth is parched and dried. Thus, men would exchange diamonds for a cup of water when they are dying of thirst.
* The above entry was run again in January of 2006.
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