Early Morning — Reserved For Warriors, Kings and People Of Purpose

Posted: May 13, 2014 in Discipline
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David sought God first thing in the morning. 

“O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning.  Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you.  Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.  Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”(Psalm 5:3)

“But as for me, I will sing about your power.  Each morning I will sing with joy about your unfailing love.  For you have been my refuge, a place of safety when I am in distress.”  (Psalm 59:16)

“Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting in you.  Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you.  Rescue me from my enemies, Lord; I run to you to hide me.  Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.  May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.” (Psalm 143:8-10)

Jesus began his days early in the morning.

“Every day Jesus went to the Temple to teach, and each evening he returned to spend the night on the Mount of Olives.  The crowds gathered at the Temple early each morning to hear him.” (Luke 21:37-38)

“Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple.  A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them.”(John 8:1-2)

“Before daybreak the next morning, Jesus got up and went out to an isolated place to pray.” (Mark 1:35)

God treats each morning as a fresh, new start.

“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease.  Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

The woman of noble character rises before the dawn to begin her day’s work.

“She gets up before dawn to prepare food for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.”  (Proverbs 31:15)

Jesus rose from the dead early in the morning, before dawn.

“Early on Sunday morning, as the new day was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went out to visit the tomb.  Suddenly there was a great earthquake!  For an angel of the Lord came down from heaven, rolled aside the stone, and sat on it.  His face shone like lightning, and his clothing was as white as snow.  The guards shook with fear when they saw him, and they fell into a dead faint.  Then the angel spoke to the women. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He isn’t here!  He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen.  Come, see where his body was lying.  And now, go quickly and tell his disciples that he has risen from the dead, and he is going ahead of you to Galilee.  You will see him there.  Remember what I have told you.” (Matthew 28:1-10)

The apostles began their work at daybreak.

“So at daybreak the apostles entered the Temple, as they were told, and immediately began teaching.” (Acts 5:21)

The books of the Bible are full of instances where God’s people and other people of purpose rose early in the morning. Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Pharaoh, Moses, Joshua, God’s priests (the descendants of Aaron), Ruth, Samuel, Job, Ezekiel, Daniel and so many more all awoke early in the morning, with purpose.

Successful people in the secular world have long known the advantages of waking up before the rest of the world starts stirring.  In fact, most successful people have one habit in common: they start their day before the sun comes up.  They intentionally force their bodies from the comfort of their warm beds and begin their day before the buzz of life and the cares and stress of the day can begin to weigh in on them.  They take control of the direction of their day and make specific plans and goals for the day while it is still quiet.

They know the power of this habit, even if they don’t understand why it’s so powerful or Who gives it that kind of power.

How much more so should God’s people revere the morning?  Scripture teaches us that the morning is the time of day God reserves for fresh starts, and when people of noble character rise early, intent on beginning their day in the presence of the Most High God as he begins anew.

King David eagerly sought God in the morning, desiring to be the first voice of the day that God heard.  Likewise, Jesus began every day early in the morning.  His daily routine was like clockwork; so much so that the people knew where to find him and when.  Lest the importance of this be lost on anyone, Scripture declares that Christ conquered death early in the morning, before the sun rose, rising to life again, anew, as true to his character as we see in all of Scripture concerning His work in the morning.

If we understand this, we understand that special blessings and attention are available to us first thing in the morning.  We understand that God is beginning afresh and has invited us to join Him as He begins new works.  This is not to say that God’s work ever stops, since we know from Scripture that He is always working (John 5:17), but that the morning is a special time God sets aside for refreshment and newness.

Jesus said “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and live righteously, and God will give you everything you need.” (Matthew 6:33)  This can be applied also as Jesus instructing us to “seek the Kingdom of God above all else”, to prioritize the Kingdom of God ahead of everything else that matters to us.  When applied as a daily habit or routine, it looks like what David, Jesus and all the other notable people of purpose in God’s story did.  As a child of God, knowing we are to take our thoughts captive for Christ and to submit our will to His will, suiting up daily in the Armor of God and seizing whatever the day holds for us, the morning is the most appropriate time to get started.

If your routine does not currently involve awaking early in the morning to be in the presence of God, be challenged and be inspired to create a good new habit in your life: start your day before the rest of the world awakes, reserving a small portion of time for quiet refreshment from our Father in Heaven.  He offers a fresh opportunity every single morning to join Him as he begins again.  What an amazing privilege, and one long seized by people of purpose.

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