Morning devotion: Read Psalm 119
Psalms 119:147 ¶I prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word. 148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
Psalms 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
To prevent the dawning of the morning is to rise well before the predawn light and before the dew passes over the ground. It is early.
The Lord Jesus gives us a great example of this. Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
There is something about the early morning that brings a freshness to everything. Hence the early morning prayer is refreshing to the soul. In the early morning there is a placid quite time that pre-sets the day. When one takes that time to be with the Lord in prayer and reflection, God blesses.
David took this time to pray, even to cried unto the Lord for his need was great. He cried in prayer and read the bible. He hoped in the word of God.
Isn’t that wonderful, praying and reading the bible? I wonder how many lives would benefit from this morning practice if it would be practiced.
Job was very concerned about this practice. Job 23:12 Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food.
God’s word was more important than his breakfast, or lunch or dinner. Seeking the Lord in prayer and in His word is more important than anything else we can do. It is the greatest of all endeavours.
Many times, I have sought the Lord early for guidance and strength to help me through each day. Psalms 119:28 ¶My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word. Psalms 32:8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
This relationship with the Lord did not end in the morning; no, it was carried throughout the day and well into the evening.
Psalms 119:148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
The phrase “prevent the night watches” meant he was there praying and meditating on the Lord well into the evening before the town criers could sound their watch.
This wasn’t a one-time deal, it was a continual practice, it was a daily occurrence. Psalms 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
Psalms 88:1 O LORD God of my salvation, I have cried day and night before thee:
This Psalm depicts and relationship of trust and dependency upon God. David knew the Lord. He knew the Lord intimately and trusted Him explicitly. That kind of relationship can only be found in knowing the Lord as Saviour.
Jesus is the Saviour of the world; He is the beginning of an relationship with the Lord God.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
The choice is still yours,