“Attitude In The Morning”
By Zach Wood
Psalm 59:16-17 (NIV)
“But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble. You are my strength, I sing praise to you; you, God, are my fortress, my God on whom I can rely.”
My day just never seems to feel right unless I have my quiet time in the morning. For many years, I have had this routine as I start my day. It’s the one time I have to myself each day that is completely quiet and peaceful. I wake up early before getting my girls up for school and before I head to work. I want to have this time in the morning, otherwise the rest of the day just seems “off”. I don’t feel like myself. My attitude is always somewhat different if I haven’t had time with God.
My attitude in the morning and throughout the day can be determined by whether I’ve had that quiet time with Him. It doesn’t mean I always have a great day just because I have that quiet time, but it really helps knowing the Holy Spirit is there to guide me and lead my thoughts and my heart to do what is right and what is best. Does that always happen? No, of course not. I don’t always make the best decisions or do the right things. But God seems to be directing me a little more through the day when my thoughts begin with Him each day.
How is your attitude in the morning? How is my attitude in the morning? Do you start your day spending time praising Him? Do you go to Him for the strength you need for the day? Is He your fortress and do you completely rely on Him?
God desires for us to spend time with Him each day. He longs to hear us and for us to bathe in His presence as we contemplate the day before us. Can we choose another time of the day to spend with Him and not the morning? Well, of course you can. However, I really don’t know how you can’t start your day out with prayer and expect the day to go well without first having spent time with Him. It just has always seemed like the best time that I can get my thoughts right with Him and ask His guidance for the day.
I highly encourage you to consider, if you don’t already, spending some quality time with Him for a few moments to start your day. Help your attitude in the morning. It doesn’t have to be long. Start small and work your way to more time each day. This Psalm is intentional about how we need to spend our time each day giving praise to God and relying on Him to be our fortress in times of trouble and hardship.
How do you start your morning?