In the Morning, When I Rise, Give Me Jesus

It was a long day and all I wanted was to settle in and relax. The cares and stress of the past 12 hours had me exhausted.

As I wrapped myself up in my warm blanket, I started talking. Not to myself. Not to the white wall in front of me. But to my comforter, my greatest confident, my best friend.

God knew every detail of what my day had presented me with. Talking to Him before drifting off of to sleep allowed me to let out all my thoughts about life. Knowing that He was, not only listening to me, but enjoying what I had to say, filled me with a peace- a peace that comes only from Christ.

The most beautiful description of the joy of waking up each morning to Christ is found in Psalm 63.

As you go about your day, stop for a moment to dwell on David’s words of joyful fellowship with God.

O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.
So I have looked for You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.

Because Your loving-kindness is better than life,

My lips shall praise You.
Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.

When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches.
Because You have been my help,
Therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.
My soul follows close behind You;
Your right hand upholds me.

But those who seek my life, to destroy it,
Shall go into the lower parts of the earth.
They shall fall by the sword;
They shall be a portion for jackals.

But the king shall rejoice in God;
Everyone who swears by Him shall glory;
But the mouth of those who speak lies shall be stopped.

Will you commit to this simple challenge?

For the next 3 days, read Psalm 63 each night, before you settle in for bed, and each morning, before you go about your day.

There’s nothing better than resting in the promise of God’s gift of joy.