O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; ~Psalm 63:1
We have a Western proverb that says, “The early bird catches the worm.” In other words, the one who is first at something is the one who succeeds. It means that if you act early, you are most likely to do well. David was in a desolate place in his life literally, physically, and spiritually. He cried out to the Lord and said, “Early will I seek thee.”
There is the desire in being early.
“O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee…” Being early at something starts as a desire. No one can force you to be early. We differentiate people as being morning people and night people. The truth of the matter is everyone can be early at something if they desire to do so. The day after Thanksgiving is designated “Black Friday,” when the best sales of the year on most items occur. It is amazing the many people who are in line many hours waiting for the stores to open. They desired to be there early. David desired God’s presence and said, “Early will I seek thee.”
There is the DISCIPLINE in being early.
Being early one time or every now and then is one thing. Being early seven days a week no matter what time of the year, where you may be, or how tired you are is another thing. Abraham, Joshua, David, and Jesus were early risers. Jesus made it His daily habit of rising a great while before day to pray. My best prayer times and Bible reading times are early in the morning. Early rising requires going to sleep a little earlier. Early rising requires setting your alarm clock to go off before other people awaken.
There is the DISCERNMENT from being early.
“I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me,” Prov. 8:17. God gives great wisdom to us when we are early. We get a fresh word from God when we are early. We see our best answers to prayers when we are early. We get our leading from God when we are early. David wrote many of his Psalms when it was early in the morning. I believe many preachers and pastors could attest to the fact that the leading of the Holy Spirit for their messages comes from early appointment times with the Lord.
There is the DEVELOPMENT from being early.
Being early makes you a better person! I believe that besetting sins, weights that hold us down, attitude problems, and character flaws can be better dealt with when we are early. I believe our praying becomes deeper and more attached to the Lord when we are early. I believe the Word of Christ dwells in us more richly when we are early. I believe our cup overflows with the Lord more when we are early.
There are the DIVIDENDS from being early.
“To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips.” The means for power with God is when we are early. The appreciation for God’s love and holiness is enhanced when we are early. We attain complete contentment when we are early. Being early is God’s method of prevailing with God and men.
The early bird catches the worm! Be an early Christian! Thirst for the Lord and seek Him early in your day. Let the heartbeat of your life be a desire for God early, each and every day!
Have an early God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Joshua 9-11