I love the pre-dawn hours. Sometimes the Lord awakens me early because He wants to spend time with me; to show me something wonderful in His Word.
Too often I ignore His gentle tug on my covers and pull them up closer to my ear; all to my detriment.
Such a loss to ignore the personal invitation of Jesus to spend time with Him in the precious hours before He has the sun rise.
My sister-in-law Barbara spends almost every morning with her Jesus watching Him raise the sun. I guess that is why she is closer to Him than almost anyone I know.
I can catalog countless times that I have spent amazingly invigorating pre-dawn hours with Jesus; I miss thoseâ€¦it as though I am being cheated. Kind of like this Adabella Radici quote I found:
â€œThe time just before dawn contains the most energy of all hours of the day. This has helped me become an early riser and an early doer…. When I wake to see that it’s light out already, I feel like the world has started without me.â€
Have you ever experienced Jesus awakening you early? No? Perhaps the tug on your covers you mistook for someone else. Did you go to bed weary from a decision you had to make or something unpleasant to do?
It is a special moment to be up early with Jesus reading His Word and finding a special holy nugget of truth just for you. The psalmist knew the value of early morning hours with the Lord:
â€œI rise before the dawning of the morning, and cry for help; I hope in Your word. My eyes are awake through the night watches, that I may meditate on Your word.â€ (Psalm 119:147-148)
What does Godâ€™s Word say about how I should start my morning? David vowed to the Lord:
â€œMy voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up.â€ (Psalm 5:3)
We all appreciate a good morning greeting; Iâ€™m sure Jesus does too.
I wonder what American Christendom would be like if we started the morning praising Jesus?
â€œMy heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise. Awake, my glory! Awake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the nations. For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens, and Your truth unto the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be above all the earth.â€ (Psalm 57:7-11)
I donâ€™t have a lute or harp but I can certainly give praise and exalt the Lord Jesus Christ! Wanna join me?!
Oh to long for Jesus; to long for my Bible; to long for church; to long for worship with the same excitement I feel beginning a fun vacation.
Oh to believe that Jesus is more precious to me than life itself.
He will have to help me with that.
That is part of His grace.
I need that; really bad. I bet you do too.
Itâ€™s there, right there in your Bible. Go and get you some.
And while youâ€™re at it; praise Him. Do it with His people. Do it in His house.
If you will; you will indeed have a blessed weekend. Be sure to do so in church on Sunday.
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