Psalm 8:1-4, “To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. (2) Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. (3) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; (4) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”
Job 7:17-18, “What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? (18) And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?”[quote]Prayer is a powerful thing, for God has bound and tied Himself thereto.[/quote] -Martin Luther
How humbling it is to realize God has visited us and desires to visit us daily and often. The world would love for us to buy into the philosophy of God being at a distance watching us, but He is as close as the mention of His name! The verse today reminds us that God visited with Job every morning. It also tells us that moment by moment Job was aware of his presence. I think there is a definite connection to spending the first part of your day with the Lord, and experiencing a fresh awareness of His presence throughout the day.
Let God have your first awaking thoughts; lift up your hearts to Him reverently and thankfully for the rest enjoyed the night before and cast yourself upon Him for the day which follows. Familiarize yourself so consistently to giving God the first part of your day that your conscience may remind you when other thoughts overtake your life. Let me give you the blessings that will be more evident as a result:
- We can more easily find out what God wants for our lives.
This time alone with God will line up your mind, will, and emotions to Him. This alignment will help you to avoid the wrong voices throughout the day and yield or take repeated steps under the Holy Spirit’s control in you.
- We can refocus and get our mind off the world and worries around us.
The Bible admonishes us to take our burdens to the Lord and leave them there. He is better than any depressant you can take. He is better than any escape plan you may have. Trust Him today.
- We find it easier to worship Him.
Worship is not something we only do in public. In fact, if we are not worshipping Him in private, it is doubtful that we will ever worship Him publically.
- We naturally become more like Him.
When you are intimate with someone else, you trust them enough to share your secrets. As God, Jesus already knows everything about you anyway, but when you choose to tell Him what’s hidden deep within you, it proves you trust Him.
- We learn how much the more He loves us, helping us to love Him more!