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Listen while you read: "Trust And Obey"1 (Lyrics)
When I was thirteen, our family visited Czechoslovakia, but I developed pneumonia after a lingering cold. Treatment there in those days was cautious: bed rest and penicillin shots. I was in bed for a month! I had never met any of my relatives. We were staying with my mum's side of the family, but when it was time to visit my dad's side of the family halfway across the country, I wasn't allowed to go.
My dad, mum, and brother left without me. I don't remember missing them that much; I was enjoying the attention from my grandma, aunt and uncle, and two cousins. My brother must've really missed me, though. When he came back, he made a silly face and waved at me wildly, both hands flapping. Impressed with this display of affection, I captured the moment by drawing a picture in my diary of Eddie waving.
Years later, I'm thinking about my brother's reaction, as I had photocopied the drawing for scrapbooking. Just as my brother was so delighted to see me, I imagined the Lord's delighted reaction as I come to Him in the morning for my daily quiet time. He's overjoyed to connect with me. Sometimes, though, my morning feelings don't always match my Lord's enthusiasm. How to overcome this reluctance?
Psalm 5:1-3 – Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up. (NKJV)
We have to be intentional about meeting with God. Years ago, Sœur Sourire, the Singing Nun, wrote a song about this: "Mets ton joli jupon, mon âme, j'ai rendez-vous Seigneur avec Vous." (Put on your pretty petticoat, O my soul; I have an appointment with You, Lord.") Take the necessary steps to get ready to meet with God.
I try to greet Him as soon as I wake up. "Good morning, Lord!" I learned the following tip when a friend and I shared a room at a summer camp that we were both involved in. In the morning, my friend sat up, swinging her legs over the edge of the bed. Right away, without any preliminaries, she started talking conversationally to the Lord. It wasn't a long, formal prayer, but an immediate connection, even before she rubbed the sleep out of her eyes, or got up to use the bathroom. I was impressed. Often, we think that we have to be so formal, but she approached her Lord as children would approach their daddy.
It's good to begin with praise to get our feelings going. This simple song, written by a YWAM student, is great to sing first thing in the morning.
- Good morning, Lord.
It's a joy to offer praise,
And to thank You for Your faithfulness,
And to glorify Your name.
Good morning, Lord!
I give this day to You.
I want to bring You pleasure,
In all I say and do.
Strangely enough, it's sometimes easier to sing alone in the car if I have to be somewhere early, than worrying about waking people up.
What I've just described is a real challenge in my own life. I'm far from perfect — many times, I don't feel like praising the Lord the moment that I wake up, but I'm making a conscious effort to do it. Let's work together on being as enthusiastic in meeting with God as He is about meeting us in our daily quiet time.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You are so eager to meet with us every day. May we match Your enthusiasm as we form the good habit of greeting You each morning. May we bring You pleasure in all that we say and do. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.
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Thank you for this morning prayer.
Great idea, Alice! Thanks and blessings!
Thank you for sharing this encouraging devotional with us this morning! Blessings.
Thank you, Alice. I had not thought about God’s attitude when I meet with him each morning.
Thank you, Alice, for a fresh take on our morning devotionals. Love to you as you share your inspiration.
Thank you for sharing your devotional with us and reminding us to look forward to a Psalm or a song every morning.
Thank you, Alice.
We do tend to be formal in our prayers. In my younger years, when I was busy, I did a lot of talking to God looking out the kitchen at the river while doing dishes….a quiet time.
Another good one, Alice. I’ve appreciated all your devotionals. Thanks very much.
It sounds like your province is very hard hit with covid these days. I hope you and your family stay well.
I have never heard about the practice of praising God as you wake up and start your day.
Thank you so much for sharing this devotional.
I am going to start this practice in my own life.
A very good reminder you have given us today. We certainly must be thankful that our Lord is ever on duty for us no matter what time of day or night. In return it is important that we give Him our attention and really the perfect start to our day is giving Him gratitude. Blessings for your mindful writings.
Thanks Alice. I can’t claim to say good morning, Lord as I exit bed, but after washing up and getting dressed I like to make my favourite cup of coffee, sit in a chair where I can look out the window, get my prayer journal and Bible and enjoy a quiet period of reflection, reading and prayer. It us a wonderful way to start the day!
Good morning, Alice –
Your devotional reminded me of a simple children’s song for the morning that I’ve loved: Good morning, God!
This is Your day.
I am your child.
Show me Your way.
I don’t know why it’s a children’s song, because for me, it is my song too!
Thank you for your reminder of how our Lord delights in us!
I know how you feel about not always being excited about talking with God in the morning. It is good to remember that God is always there for us, and we should get into the habit of being enthusiastic when we greet the Lord to start our day and not just do it routinely. I can picture your brother enthusiastically waving to you because he missed his companion while visiting new relatives. I am sure he was worried about you being too sick to travel. Nice memories.
As I join with you in your prayer, I will try to remember to be so thankful that God is there and wants to connect with me and wants me to be praising him with all my heart. Thank you for sharing. Blessings.
Thank you so much for this devotional. I like the songs referenced. I’m going to try to say the last one every day and be more determined to greet my heavenly Father joyfully each morning regardless of the circumstances I may be in.
Thank you, Alice. What a beautiful hymn of praise with which to start the day!