Rise and Shine

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you.   Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”
Psalm 143:8 (NIV)

Don’t you just love the mornings??  Well…maybe some of us could use a little help with it.  There are some people who are morning people; I on the other hand am not. 

My friend Josie has made it her goal during Lent to wake up early and spend time with the Lord.  All week I’ve been thinking about how she has the will to pop out of bed…how does she resist the urge to snooze every six minutes for over an hour?  Not that it’s always easy for her, but Josie has chosen to be deliberate about her decision and honor the commitment that she’s made to the Lord.
I don’t want to be legalistic about this and I’m not trying to say that the only way to you to spend time with the Lord is in the morning, but I do think there is something special about the mornings.  Mornings are fresh and the start of a brand new day.  Lamentations 3 says that the Lord’s compassions are new every morning. 

Even if it’s just a quick three minute prayer, when we pray to the Lord first thing in the morning, we can experience His unfailing love and in turn,  desire to love Him more.  In the beginning, it may take a few days to be aware of His presence in the morning and strong cup of coffee, but just like we read yesterday, “Though it linger, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay” (Habakkuk 2:3).      

I love the way David prays in this Psalm—Lord, today, I’m trusting in you.  This morning may I be aware of your unconditional love for me.  Today, I pray that you will lead me, direct me, and guide me.  Today, I pray that I will lift up my heart, soul, and mind to you.

May this be the cry of our hearts!