Posted by: missionventureministries | June 29, 2015

STARTING THE DAY WITH GOD – Psalm 143:8

Psalm 143 vs 8

Let me hear Your loving-kindness in the morning; for I trust in You; teach me the way in which I should walk; for to You I lift up my soul. (Psalm 143:8)

We can never go wrong when we start the day with God and follow His Holy Spirit’s guidance. Therefore, as we start making physical preparations for the day, we need to remember the words of Jesus, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4). Our needs, in other words, are not merely physical, but spiritual. Nourishment for the soul is as necessary as food is for the body. 

Taking time with God every morning requires practice and discipline. There are dozens of things that may try to pull us away and distract us, but we must ignore them and make time for the Lord. Often the enemy tries to meddle in our lives, so that we think that we do not have time for prayer and meditation and we fool ourselves into believing that we will set aside time later in the day to spend with God.  

When we begin the day with God He sends us off in the right direction because He knows what is waiting for us. Trusting Him means taking time with Him to set our course for the day according to His will.  

The Psalmist knew that walking with God was inseparably connected to the hard work of spiritual discipline: In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly. (Psalm 5:3)

Isaiah wrote that the Lord wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. (Isaiah 50:4)

Christians, likewise, must regularly remind themselves that godliness doesn’t just occur. There is a supernatural dimension to Christian living, but unless the believer abides in Christ like a branch remains connected to the vine, he cannot produce fruit (John 15:4).  Instead of love, joy, peace and longsuffering, the person who fails to maintain a habit of communion with God will naturally manifest self-centeredness, cynicism, strife and impatience as the dominant characteristics of life. 

We need to understand that to meet the challenges, bear the burdens, resist the temptations, solve problems, and fulfil the responsibilities to which one is exposed to each day without first drawing near to God we are doomed for failure. 

Jesus, the Son of God frequently rose early and departed to a solitary place to pray (Mark 1:35). The same way, followers of Jesus should make it a habit to prepare in advance for the demands of each day by beginning it in communion with the Father, because He delights to hear the prayers of the upright (Proverbs 15:8). Therefore, we should delight in the opportunity to draw near to Him. 

In “the secret place of the Most High” (Psalm 91:1), is where we entrust the cares of the day to God, asking for His blessing, direction and strength, that He might be glorified in and through us. 

Once we experience the empowerment of beginning our day with God, we will never want to start it without Him, because when we are walking in fellowship with Jesus, everyone around us can be blessed with the loving presence of the Holy Spirit.

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