Devotion taken from Streams In The Desert compiled by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman
“Be ready in the morning, and come up…present thyself to me in the top of the mount. And no man shall com up with thee.” Exodus 34:2-3
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The morning watch is essential. You must not face the day until you have faced God, nor look into the face of others until you have looked into His.
You cannot expect to be victorious, if the day begins only in your own strength. Face the work of every day with the influence of a few thoughtful, quiet moments with your heart and God. Do not meet other people, even those of your own home, until you have first met the great Guest and honored Companion of your life–Jesus Christ.
Meet Him alone. Meet Him regularly. Meet Him with His open Book of counsel before you; and face the regular and irregular duties of each day with the influence of His personality definitely controlling your every act.
Begin the day with God!
He is the Sun and Day!
He is the radiance of thy dawn;
To Him address the day.
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Sing a new song at morn!
Join the glad woods and hills:
Join the fresh winds and seas and plains,
Join the bright flowers and rills.
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Sing the first song to God!
Not to thy fellow men;
Not to the creatures of His hand,
But to the glorious One.
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Take thy first walk with God!
Let Him go forth with thee;
By stream, or sea, or mountain path,
Seek still His company.
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Thy first transaction be
With God Himself above;
So shall thy business prosper well,
all the day be love.
~ Horatius Bonar
Dear Lord, You have kept us safely through the night and brought us to this new day. Thank you. May we begin this day in confidence that You are with us each step of the way. Bless us to be a blessing. For Jesus’ sake, Amen.