Worship First thing in the Morning (Through the Psalms)
What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Do you check your phone? Do you go on your computer? Do you find yourself checking your email, social media and other media outlets?
For David the first thing he did in the morning was tune his heart to the Lord, "O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch" (Psalm 5:3).
David is currently in distress and filled with pain, “Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry” (Psalm 5:1-2). In spite his pain (or maybe because of his pain), this Psalm reveals that David sought the Lord first thing in the morning.
But not only did David pray first thing in the morning, David watches for the LORD. "I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch" (Psalm 5:3). What does this mean? David postures his heart to be expectant of God’s involvement in his day. David is not merely praying as a religious duty, but he is engaging his heart in relational longing. David knows that God is not distant. David understands that our God is ever-present and fully engaged in our lives. Thus, David watches. He watches to see how God is going to move in his life that day. He does this by turning his heart early in the morning and being expectant throughout the day. May you and I do the same.
- How can you discipline your heart to engage with God first-thing in the morning?
- What do you do within the first 1-2 hours of your day? Think to yourself how can you manage your time so that you can put intimacy with God as a first priority of your day?
- Try to watch for God in your life. Be expectant and aware of His presence by opening your spiritual eyes to see Him in your daily activities.