My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.- Psalm 5:3
A little over six months ago, I was reading this verse and something struck me. David, the King, was making a point to acknowledge God early in his day. Twice in this verse he mentions how “in the morning” God would be the focus of his attention. I began to wonder if this is one way David heard and understood God so intimately. He made the LORD such a priority that his day had to begin with seeking Him. I was awestruck to realize the most revered king of Israel, made seeking God such an important part of his day.
Therefore, I embarked on a Biblical experiment. I have made a point to make my first conscience thought in the morning a brief offering of thanksgiving to God. Before I turn my body to get out of bed and before my feet hit the floor, I say “thank-you God for getting me through another night.”
If I am successful on this little exercise, I believe I am operating in the same vein as King David where seeking (thanking, praising) God is a priority for my day. Before I have done anything else, I have made a point to speak to Him. I am putting Him first in my day.
This is harder to do than you would think. I tend to wake up with the days tasks on my mind. But over the last few months, I have found that setting those first few seconds of the day aside to worship, thank or acknowledge Him tend to order the rest of the day. It is first things first.
Make Him the priority of your day. Make your first intention thought to be about Him. Thank Him for getting you through the night and waking you in the morning. Praise Him for His faithfulness and tell Him you are looking forward to what He has for you this day.
If King David began his day with seeking God, I think we might find a lesson for us to follow. Make Him the priority of your day, and make Him your first action of the day by thanking Him first thing in the morning.