Someone asked me if this verse means that we are supposed to have our devotion time early in the morning. Well, I’m not big on mornings, which explains my dependence on massive amounts of caffeine. I don’t think the Lord minds if we do our devotions at night. Often I enjoy devotions at night when I have the house to myself. I like to have it quiet when I read and write. During the morning hours it’s too hectic most of the time, and I’m often interrupted with other things.
I believe that “Early will I seek You” means that we acknowledge God and His Lordship in our lives first thing when we wake up. That, of course, does not take the place of our alone time with God. That’s also the time when we sit down with our Bibles and a cup of tea or coffee, and God speaks to our spirits. It’s a time to study God’s Word and pray.
The thing is, we say Good Morning to God, right? We pray when we get up in the morning, thankful that God woke us up and we were able to get out of bed. From there our day progresses, but we still pray without ceasing in our minds. God has our attention while we do whatever we are obligated to do in this life on earth.
This world is a dry and thirsty land. We face all sorts of adversity from people who don’t understand Christians or their beliefs – and usually don’t want to. Even our Vice President was labeled insane for praying. I’m still praying that God will save Joy’s soul in a Damascus-like conversion (like the Apostle Paul), because if God got ahold of Joy, can you imagine what a force she’d be for the right? It’d be quite a sight to see. She’s such a strong-willed person. It’d be so great! Right now she’s gained the whole world but lost her soul. I’m praying that she will gain Christ and win others for Him.
Since we live in a desert land on earth, God knows we need to spend some time alone with Him every day. I don’t feel as strong or confident if I miss my time with the Lord, do you? He wants us to study His Word and pray, but that is for our benefit, not His. He’s just as strong whether we show up or not. We are the ones who need that time with Him. It’s a gift we give ourselves. 🙂