Enjoying the Journey
I am in another time zone this morning. Next week I will be in a time zone ten and a half hours different from home! It is easy for mornings and evenings to get mixed up at times.
God makes a definite distinction between evening and morning in His Word. This is true from the very beginning in Genesis 1. Mornings are the first moments of a new day. When we give the first things to God He always makes the rest more blessed.
Recently I was reading Charles Spurgeon’s message on “Morning and Evening Songs.” What a rich spiritual meal! Permit me to give you a little taste:
Every morning is a sort of resurrection…Let us give the Lord the bud of the day, its virgin beauty, its unsullied purity…A good rule is never to look into the face of man in the morning until you have looked into the face of God…Oh, it is a sweet thing to bathe in the morning in the love of God-to bathe in it, so that when you come forth out of the ivory chambers of communion where you have been made glad, your garments will smell of myth and aloes and cassia of holiness.
I am afraid we are in too much of a hurry, or we get up too late. Could we not rise a little earlier?…Not one minute, but a hundred minutes may be lost by the lack of a little attention to the first. Set the morning watch with care, if you want to be safe throughout the day. Begin well if you want to end well…The morning hour is generally the index of the day.
Mornings matter! My dad taught me as a boy that there are three talks we should have every day:
- Let God talk to you.
- Talk to God.
- Talk about Him.
Interestingly enough, in the devotional book of Psalms, all three of these talks are connected to the morning hours. The course of our conversations are set early in the day.
- In the morning we are to allow God to talk to us.
“Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee” (Psalm 143:8).
- In the morning we are to talk to God.
“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up” (Psalm 5:3).
- In the morning we are to begin to talk about the goodness of God to others.
“It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High; To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night” (Psalm 92:1-2).
These “talks” are not confined to the morning – they are to commence then and continue through the day.
Talk to the Lord this morning and let Him speak to you through His Word. Begin your conversations with family and friends by speaking about the goodness of God.
The morning is the key to the rest of the day..and God’s presence is the key to the morning.