“Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord.” Ps 5:3 NLT

Why does God say so often in Scripture that He will speak to us first thing in the morning? After all, He can speak to us any time He chooses. There are two reasons: (1) He wants to have first place in your life. He wants to be number one on your list of priorities for the day. So before you turn on the TV, or check your computer or iPhone, or go galloping off, learn to be still and allow God to give you insight and understanding as to what’s important for your day—and your life. You’ll be amazed at the solutions He gives you: the creative ideas, and the clear sense of guidance. You’ll find the promise really is true: “The steps of a good man [and woman] are ordered by the Lord” (Ps 37:23). In fact, after a few weeks or months of living this way you won’t want to go back to your old routine. (2) He wants a blank page to write on. Ever try talking with someone who’s distracted or preoccupied? You just want to move on. But when that person is really important to you, you try to pick a time of day when you know they’ll really listen. Well, you are important to God and He wants to speak to you! Can you imagine your loss if you fail to hear what He has to say, or to understand what He has in mind for you? One of the secrets of King David’s strength was this: “Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly” (Ps 5:3 NLT). In order to succeed, you must put hearing from God at the top of your morning routine!