How to start a day on the right footing, ever wondered that? Before you put your foot on planet earth from your floating haven above the ground by 150 mm or more, before you step out of your cocooned security, the warm blankets. As you decide to make that first small step that giant leap stirred by an alarm call, the sound of creation stirring or just your own body clock, how to start the day comes to mind in various ways.
Whether a fog over your eyes or clear thought “what does today hold?” moves through peoples mind, a day much like yesterday? a red letter day or for some the weight of the day is so heavy a reluctant awaking comes, having to face the riggers of the day. How do I start my day?
Here’s a thought “God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand” this is not about finding my mistakes or looking for my failure, the Psalmist asks God to search him twice at the start and end of the Psalm 139:15-22, investigate me. The picture painted is of a gold digger going to a deep mine, or panning for gold at a rivers edge, knowing that there is treasure in this stream, to search knowing the treasure is here. God search for the treasure you put into me earlier before the foundation of the world. It is a wonderful secure search, investigate me to bring to light the treasure in side of me, the treasure you put there. Starting the day with a search for the treasure that God put in side of you will remind you of his works each morning – a good way to start the day!
There is a popular action in many today of going to the streets and conducting a Treasure Hunt in peoples lives, as they go about their daily life, an exiting adventure. Taking the gifts of God to the street and awakening people to the treasure of God. Well to see it flow more so, I would suggest start the day with a God treasure search in you, the hand of God in you each day, the eye of the Lord each morning, from there you will deliver treasure more effectively. Let God pan, dig deep to bring your treasure out to the light of day, that you might see you accordingly to heavens investment in you.
“…Investigate my life…”
“…An open book…” nothing closed – is this not the aim of our redemption which is a deliverance on ward going that nothing can be closed or shut off from Father God rather than just being open to people. Its about having an open book life before God
“…Never out of sight…”
“…You’re there…” Fathers companionship, never without God, always with God.
“…I can’t take it all in…” – what if life was like this, what a way to work with God at all times. This would bring us to a place of overwhelming, an amazing way of life “too much” one would cry, I can take it any more, not that I can’t cope, but its overwhelming me “too much” the God of too much.
May we discover God as the Father of “…Too Much…”
This is a very personal psalm (139) (notice the pronouns ‘I’, ‘me’, ‘my’, and ‘mine’) it is attributed to David and has been called ‘the crown of the psalms’. It is certainly safe to say it is one of the best loved of all the psalms and of all Scripture passages.
A day started with the attitudes of “openness” “thankfulness” these are all good ways to commence a day, the writer tells us be thankful to God. Praise him, but how, not as we are inclined to praise God, for blessings we have received, but David praised God for who God is. Our praise will never be what it should be until we ascend to this level. David starts the day by praising God for his perfect knowledge of him. Nothing about us is hidden from God.
He knows when we sit down and rise up (v. 2). He knows our thoughts before they ever come into our heads (v. 2). He knows all about our ways (v. 3).
‘… God knows what rule we walk by, what end we walk towards, what company we walk with…‘ Furthermore, he knows every word we speak before we speak (v. 4).
The psalmist stood in awe of God’s knowledge.
The things I know for each day :
“…Investigate my life…” “…An open book…” “…Never out of sight…” “…You’re there…”
The response I make:
“…Too much…” “…Too wonderful…” “…I can’t take it all in…”
To have this relationship is wonderful, to see the God of ‘too much’ to you at the start of every day, this is too wonderful, I cannot take it in, it is so high and lofty in my experience.
It is the only way to start the day what ever awaits the first touch down of my foot from my slumber!