We’ve been in such a busy season recently, that I’ve again come to be so grateful for having an established morning quiet time reading God’s Word and connecting to His grace. We still have a very packed schedule, even though with homeschooling there is lots of relaxing time and outside, unstructured play… if I had to pinpoint it, the most strenuous part of our day is our workout routine (lol). Yesterday my husband and I ran 6 miles (!!!), so I’m not kidding when I say it is intense and somewhat brutal. So I need the peace and replenishment of morning quiet time ❤
There is something so strange and powerful that I feel when I make these morning quiet times a priority in my life. I was reflecting as I was reading yesterday morning, yet again with our little daughter up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed sitting right next me reading along with her baby Bible book as well, just how wonderful it is to do this practice.
I came across Psalm 19 –
“The instruction from the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is trustworthy,
making the inexperienced wise.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
making the heart glad;
the commandment of the Lord is radiant,
making the eyes light up.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
the ordinances of the Lord are reliable and altogether righteous.
They are more desirable than gold;
and sweeter than honey -than honey dripping from the comb.
In addition, Your servant (me) is warned by them;
there is great reward in keeping them.” Psalm 19:7-11 CSB
No wonder I’m a forever optimist!!! 😀 Look at what happens to a person when they make the time to read God’s Word with an open heart and understanding in the morning!
Let me break down all those words again in a list. God’s Word is:
And here is how we are told it effects us when we read it:
- Revives our soul
- Makes us wise
- Makes the heart glad!
- Makes the eyes light up!
- Gives us good warnings
- Gives us reward in keeping His ways
Wow, right!?!?! That is what I feel though when I make time in the morning. I can testify that all these things talked about in Psalm 19 are true; it’s why I’ve tried to always guard this time, even when we have babies still not sleeping through the night. It’s almost crucial to my mental strength, as you can see, His Word has the power to renew one’s faith and optimism, and it renews daily!
And… can I just say… these are MORNING words in my opinion 🙂 . “Reviving the soul,” and, “making the heart glad,” and “making the eyes light up,” these really do sound like a daily morning renewal before one tackles their day.
And what better time to get your replenishment and renewal of faith and optimism, “making your heart glad,” and your “eyes light up,” than in the morning? 😀 It’s like your spiritual cup of coffee (jk… but seriously), just like I couldn’t imagine going without that stimulant in my morning routine, I know how I feel when I bypass this practice because I’ve slept in (been lazy) or just too busy to make the time for it (refusing to meet with God even though I could have).
All this is not to say that you can’t also read it at night and feel relief after a terrible day – that is true also – but I’ve found it to be better to do what Jesus did, and get up early in the morning to devote the first fruits of your day to Him. But God’s Word is powerful and can’t be “boxed,” in, hence why I believe this is also true when one reads it at night. David has many Psalms where he meditated on God’s Word in the morning AND at night, but here is main morning one that convicts me,
“IN THE MORNING, oh Lord,
You hear my voice;
IN THE MORNING,
I lay my requests before You, and wait in expectation.”
Here is what I wrote in an older post on this topic… it’s interesting to look back and see what I was describing to be found so clear in this passage of Psalm 19, again confirming what I was trying to say. From here –
“Rising Early … with babies?
Throughout the years of our marriage, even with having multiple children – babies nursing at all times of the night, I still find that waking up early (5am or 5:30am) to spend that quiet time with God is so crucial to my faith longterm – and it impacts my entire day! I’m just not the same without it. He literally changes my perspective and helps me deal with the day ahead with a much better attitude. I’m definitely not perfect or always want to follow through with this goal. There are some times when I’m not able to get up early, but I do notice a difference in my heart and attitude if I miss a couple of days in a row. I need God all day, but especially in the early mornings before anyone else has woken up, so that I can spend time alone with Him and reading and studying His Word.
There’s also the principle of giving God your “first fruits.” For anyone who has ever seriously studied the Bible, it’s apparent that God wants our best – and yes, that usually means we are required to sacrifice in order to give it to Him. He wants our “first fruits.”
The first 10% of your pay (the normal tithe), the firstborn of your children (an Old Testament Jewish custom), the first day of the week devoted to Him (the Sabbath), even the first of the people’s grain (their food) was to be given to the Lord – before they were allowed to harvest anything for themselves! It makes total sense that a woman’s early morning time should probably be first devoted to God, no matter when she wakes up.
In fact, Jesus Himself spent time alone with His Father early in the morning. There’s something just very mysterious about that early morning time that even I can’t put my finger on.
“AND IN THE MORNING, rising up a great while before the day, He went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” — MARK 1:35