I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. -Psalm 119:11
By Yodit Kifle Smith
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. (Psalm 90:14)
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up?
I wish I had a spiritual answer to give you all but in reality, after turning off my alarm (for the 5th time), I lie there with my phone glued to my hands, checking emails and scrolling through social media—for longer than I care to admit.
This is not the habit I want to continue in—especially as I seek to make better use of my time. While we may all have various routines, I want to encourage us with how we spend our first waking moments.
As I have been in the book of Psalms recently, I couldn’t help but notice the way in which the authors spoke of the morning and how the Lord convicted me to ponder on how I can renew my mind to consider the sacredness of this time:
And when I wake up, you are still with me! (Psalm 139:18):
Do we realize the power of these words? Our waking up is a miracle from God because He has willed for us to experience another day of grace and mercy with Him. What if we woke up with our hearts and minds in that disposition? Knowing that God is with us. He sustained us through the night and He will be faithful to sustain us through the day.
O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch. (Psalm 5:3):
How can the Lord hear our voice in the morning? We can make it a habit to wake up with praise on our lips. How easy is for us to wake up grumbling because we have so much to face that day or groggy and agitated because we just want more sleep? Guilty! But what if the first words we utter when waking up is, “Lord, thank you for the gift of this new day. I need you. Help me walk by faith.” And as gratitude overflows from our lips, we then are able to submit ourselves as a living sacrifice to the Lord (Romans 12:1).
Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. (Psalm 90:14):
I am easily satisfied by social media—which is why I have convinced myself that I need to check it first thing in the morning. How foolish! We are reminded in this verse that we desperately need to be satisfied by God from the moment we wake up. Why? Because the enemy crouches by our bedside, waiting to devour us that day, seeking to tempt us with other things that pretend to satisfy us (1 Peter 5:8). However, making it a habit to be satisfied in God’s Word and in His presence produces a life that sings for joy, no matter the circumstances we may face that day.
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):
Each of us may have different routines in the morning, but one thing I have seen bear much fruit is getting in God’s Word in the morning. Whether for five minutes or an hour, it’s important that His Word renews our minds of His unfailing love and His Character. As Bible teacher Jen Wilkins powerfully stated, “Our hearts cannot love what our minds do not know.” And to add to that, we can put our trust in whom we don’t know. The author seeks the Lord to show him the way in which he should go because his whole life has been entrusted to Him. In the same way, we should seek and desire God to direct us each and every day. But it takes us trusting Him—which means it takes us knowing Him---which means it takes us getting into His Word.
But to You, O LORD, I cry for help; in the morning my prayer comes before You. (Psalm 88:13):
Prayer is not just a morning ritual but we see here how the author has made it clear that it starts from the time he awakes. Prayer is the act of faith of being completely dependent on God. And this verse shows us that we are to desperately cry out for His help in the morning. Asking for His wisdom and His truth to be our guide. Asking that our emotions would be submitted to Him as we go through the day—trusting that His spirit is working in us.
Sisters, every discipline of our faith in Christ is designed to keep us gazed on Him. May our mornings be used to set that gaze so we are fixed on Him through our days.
The weekly devotionals seek to encourage you to dig deeper into Scripture as you take the time to daily read, meditate, and internalize the verses in the devotional, along with the passages provided below to give greater context. Take the time to read them throughout the week (repetition is important) and ask the Holy Spirit to help you grasp what God is showing you about Himself, about you, and how to live in light of these truths.
Passages to read/memorize/meditate:
1 Peter 5:8
Questions to Reflect on: