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 entrust my life. Psalm 143:8
What are the first three things you did when you woke up this morning?
Though we may have to pause to think through the details, we probably did them without thinking. Not just today, but every day. There is a pattern in our ways.
It’s a pattern that points to what matters most to us.
- The snooze button: 9 more minutes of sleep matters.
- Social media: Checking on friends matters.
- Morning news: Hearing the headlines matters.
- Coffee: Getting caffeinated matters.
- Working out: Staying fit matters.
Psalm 143, one of the many psalms written by David, points to what mattered most to him.
- Mornings: Hearing from God matters.
First thing, David did the best thing. He turned his ear to God—bring me word of your unfailing love. He turned his eyes to God to see where He was directing his steps—show me the way I should go (Psalm 143:8).
First thing, do we do the same? Whether we live on gravel roads or other dusty places, there are a thousand things that can distract us first thing, from the best thing. But with the rising of the sun, a baby’s cry, or a rooster’s crow, we can choose to establish a pattern that declares trust in the One who matters most.
Graced. Remind yourself to look for God’s grace by placing a post-it note with Psalm 143:8 on the thing you touch first in the morning. It may be an alarm, toothbrush, coffee mug, or a screen.
In the morning, when I rise, In the morning, when I rise, In the morning, when I rise, Give me Jesus — African-American Spiritual