A Wonder Filled Day

“My soul follows close behind You; Your right hand upholds me.”

Psalms 63:8

Laura Story sang a song titled, “Blessings” that often come to my mind when I find myself waking up early in the morning simply because my body hurts from lying in bed. To think I would ever come to an age where I would prefer to get up rather than stay in bed. The lyrics of her song play in my mind, “'Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops, What if Your healing comes through tears, What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You're near, What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise…”

Even on days when I cannot sleep I enjoy reading the Psalms early in the morning as its easy to imagine David as a shepherd boy and then King of Israel rising up early and seeing the birth of a brand new day and standing in wonder as he contemplates the awesomeness of God as he looks around at creation and all that God has made. Image the sun just dawning and darkness giving way to light and the colors that burst forward at sunrise. Imagine the dew on the ground creating a fog like haze and the grass being damp as the sheep begin to feed in the early hours. Try to imagine the quiet sound of nothing except for the birds of the air singing together the morning song. Can you recall what age it was when you were in awe of the world around you, and how you could find yourself starring for what seemed like an eternity at a tree, a bird, or some creepy crawly thing moving across the sidewalk and being amazed. Oh to have the faith like a child.

Though king over Israel, David knew what it was to be a child of God and he provides for us a beautiful model of how you and I can go about enjoying a “wonder filled” day with Jesus.

1. Rise up early! Psalms 63:1 reveals the pattern of David’s life. “A Psalm of David when he was in the wilderness of Judah. 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.” David rose up early because he understood at the depth of his soul that God satisfies! We have a reason to get out of bed!

2. Seek God. Look for God in everything during the course of your day for God is everywhere. Psalms 63:2-3, “So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips shall praise You”. Don’t make the mistake Jacob did and realize after the fact that “surely the Lord was in this place and I did not know it.” (Genesis 28:16) Like the old children’s book, “Where’s Waldo”, look for Jesus in every conversation and every event and activity you find yourself.

3. Be satisfied. Psalms 63:4-5 reminds us, ” 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.”  David is comparing the satisfaction God brings to his soul to the satisfaction one would get by enjoying the best dinning experience. Psalms 34:8 says it best, “Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” To think, David would say that a relationship with God is better than life itself. Talk about being satisfied!

4. Remember God. Psalms 63:6-7, “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.” Each night when you lay your head down to go to bed do what David did. He counted his blessings just as he would count his sheep. Go back through your day and appreciate God. Thank Him and praise Him for protecting you and providing for you, for leading and guiding your steps. Clear your conscience with a good heart to heart talk with God each night and thanking Him for the many gifts He provided that day and then enjoy a great nights sleep like what we read about in Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.”

There is a blessing, loved one, for those who rise early and seek Jesus. Look at it this way. We have more time to appreciate about Him at the end of the day and more opportunity to enjoy a “wonder filled” day walking with Him taking in the sights and sounds and all the countless blessings that surround us. Have a “wonder filled” day in Jesus today! I am praying for you!

“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You! ”

Psalms 84:11-12


Michael Osthimer





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