Maintaining GODLY routines on a DAILY BASIS
June 7 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 1-9
“Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Give heed to the voice of my cry, my King and my God, for to You I will pray. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning I will direct it to You, and I will look up." (Psalms 5:1-3)
King David was a busy man – he had to take care of the affairs of his kingdom, watch out for people who were looking to unseat him from his throne (incl. his son Absalom who was successful for a short time), take care of his many wives and his multiple children as well as prepare materials for the building of the temple in Jerusalem. However in the midst of his busy daily agenda, he still had time for God and prayer. Early on in his life, he took a very important decision – every day in the morning he will call upon God in prayer. For David, mornings were the appropriate time to praise God and ask for directions (Psalms 5:3). In another Psalms, David has this to say: "Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning, for in You do I trust; cause me to know the way in which I should walk, for I lift up my soul to You." (Psalms 143:8)
Even when King David was in the wilderness, he sought God’s help early in the morning: "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." (Psalms 63:1-2)
Godly routines will go a long way in keeping us in the right perspective and help us to achieve great things for the glory of God. Daniel maintained a godly routine of praying three times a day, and he was so faithful that not even a death threat could change his daily routine (Daniel 6:10). God honored Daniel among all his companions because he disciplined himself and gave priority to godly matters.