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.But to You I have cried out, O LORD, And in the morning my prayer comes before You - Psalm 88:13. Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, For in You do I trust; Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You – Psalm 143:8 Not being a morning person, it is hard for me to say this truth and harder to practise it. But it is at the beginning of the day, first thing, before the business of work and school that we need to listen to the Lord and set our hearts upon Him and His purpose for the day. Not at the end of the day when we’re tired or when we have already made plans for the evening or at night when we’re too sleepy to do anything but collapse into slumber.
We first need to remember that daily devotional time is not the same thing as Bible study and daily quiet time is not a religious duty. It’s not as though God will be mad at me because I skipped my quiet time today. Morning quiet time is about seeing myself as God sees me, in the mirror of His word, and using that knowledge to improve what I saw in the mirror in the morning.
“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:22-25)
For this beneficial routine, all we need are: - Your Bible. You must be inspired by a desire to do whatever the word of God says to you and what the Holy Spirit illuminates in your heart and mind. - A notebook. Use this for writing down the things that God seems to tell you through His Word, and for keeping a journal of prayer requests and answers to prayer; questions to ask God, and as a way to organize your reading. - Time. Allow at least enough time to pray through your list and read a paragraph or two. As time goes on, you’ll want to devote a lot more time to this morning routine.
But more than this, we need to approach our quiet time with the right attitude. I believe the prophet Isaiah offers us a clue to what this attitude is: “But on this one will I look: On him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My word” (Isaiah 66:2).
I believe that our walk with God will stagnate when we no longer tremble before His Word. God looks for the trembling, the humble, the broken, and the one who shudders before the Creator’s Word.
When you give the Bible its proper place, you would “tremble” before it; and it’d be the lamp to your feet and a light to your path.
Rev Robert Chew