“I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears” (NIV).
I remember a wonderful vacation my wife and I took a couple years back to Myrtle Beach. The highlight of our trip was getting up at the break of dawn one morning, walking to the beach together, and watching the sunrise. The cover photo on this post is an actual picture she took that morning. It was romantic, peaceful, and serene. I remember wishing that this could be our routine every single morning. It was a rejuvenating way to start the day. Any stress that I was feeling prior to this moment just melted away underneath the masterpiece of God’s sky.
Sadly, that kind of morning routine just isn’t possible here in suburban Chicago, but having a morning routine which melts away your stress and leaves you confident to start your day is critical, especially during these unique times we are living in. What I have found to be a life-altering morning ritual is to meet God within His Word, read through a verse, and speak with Him as I do. It doesn’t have to be anything long, just a simple scripture, something in which you can meditate on throughout the day and ask God to reveal wisdom to you through.
Today my verse was Psalm 34:4: “I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears” (NIV). King David wrote this verse in the midst of extreme stress. He had threats against his life on top of the daily pressures of defending his people. David’s chronicles his action to remedy his stress: “I sought the Lord.” What a simple but profound solution! Then, he records the outcome of that action: “He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” This simple action can change our lives, because just like King David, we can experience the comfort that only God provides no matter what we are going through.
This was a wonderful reminder of why I’ve been doing this simple morning practice. The more that we seek God in our daily lives, the more we will encounter Him. Jesus reminds us of the same thing in Matthew 7:7, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” God is everywhere and in everything: His fingerprints are all over creation because He is the creator. We need to open our eyes to His presence in the world around us and surely we will find Him there. Jesus urges us to ask, seek, and knock. He is encouraging us to pursue the Lord, just as David did.
I challenge you, tomorrow morning, to open up God’s Word, find a scripture to meditate on, and start your day conversing with God. Continue to talk with God throughout the day, allowing Him to remind you truths from that verse. Ask Him for His wisdom and comfort that will protect you from all the stresses of our modern world. Ask God for comfort to ease your stress; seek God in every part of your day; knock on the door of our Father in Heaven and let Him welcome you into His loving embrace. I’m not saying this will be easy, or come instantaneously, but with dedication and consistency, your new morning routine will change your life.