Everyone loves the joy that comes in the morning. The morning light has a freshness, an innocence. Many times, we sense an inner joy from seeing the morning light. It seems a hope-full-ness comes to us by the morning light.
King David knew the joy of the morning — but only after a night of weeping (Psalms 30:5).
I have known nights of grieving and weeping, grieving over expectations and dreams that were never met. Feeling like all was hopeless.
After a night of despair — crying, weeping, confused, distressed, and feeling rejected, then slowly I come to an exhausting finish. I feel empty, and yet I have a sense of calm. My weeping seems relieved, or hushed at least.
The morning light creeps in. At last, I am settled, with a peaceful, mysterious acceptance. But how did that happen?
There are many reasons for weeping, and yet Yahuwah [the LORD] has a way of settling me, reminding me that He is still with me — reminding me of His steadfast love and attention.
Remembering is a key to joy and peacefulness. Have you noticed this?
When I remember how different my life is now, when I remember that at one time, my heart was bound with a restless, hopeless confusion for years, it is then that I begin to remember Yahuwah’s hopes for me!
My life is far, far better, now that I seek to follow God’s Word [the Bible]!
Following His Way [Messiah] gives our life meaning and purpose, and the promise and hope of eternal life with Him.
I believe this hope of eternal life is the secret of the ‘joy that comes in the morning.’
But Father’s joy is not like the world’s definition of joy. The world’s joy is like an expectation of multiple birthday presents. But that kind of joy disappoints us and vanishes in an instant.
Yahuwah’s joy is a permanent joy that comes to us as the dawning of the new day, when the bright and morning star arises in our heart — when Yahushua Messiah enters our heart and delivers us from the present, evil world (Revelation 22:16; Luke 1:78-79; Galatians 1:4).
The joy of our salvation is an enduring joy that comes to us when we enter into His presence by the blood of the Lamb, being made clean and white and acceptable in Messiah, the Beloved (Psalms 51:12; Jude 1:24; 1Peter 1:13-25; Revelation 7:14; Ephesians 1:6).
The Key to Maintaining Our Joy
How can we maintain this ‘joy of our salvation’? How can we keep the ‘joy that comes in the morning’ even when trials and sufferings continuously knock at our door ?
The key is to look to Him in secret prayer, talking with Him each new day.
Talking to God is the way to maintain our hope and our trust in Father’s goodness and mercies — to know His lovingkindness, that is renewed each day (Lamentations 3:22,23)!
Talking to Father every morning, at the start of the day, brings my heart into focus for the direction of the day. Then, I am at peace with the outlook of the day because Yahuwah is with me, strengthening me and directing my path (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] knew the importance of the morning hours devoted to prayer, as this verse in Mark reveals:
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, He [Yahushua] went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed (Mark 1:35).
Here is the secret for us. Yahushua gives us the example — seeking Father in the morning.
The early-morning quietness of our prayer closet is the time to pour out our heart to Father, before the demands of the day press in on us. This is the time to trust in Him with all our heart, presenting ourselves before Him, seeking His strength and hope and restoration.
- [If you have never prayed to Yahuwah, and sought Him for His mercy, kindness, love, and forgiveness, then please see the brief article: Good News!]
A Taste of Heaven on Earth
It is possible to ‘taste’ the joy of the morning, even when we endure trials or dark and turbulent days. Consider these promises:
O taste and see that the LORD [Yahuwah] is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him (Psalms 34:8).
Thou [Yahuwah] wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in Yahuwah [the LORD] forever: for in Yahuwah is everlasting strength (Isaiah 26:3,4).
Thus saith Yahuwah… Look unto me, and be ye saved [delivered, rescued] (Isaiah 45:22).
As these verses show us, the goodness of trusting in Yahuwah, and in His Word, is a blessing of peace and strength and deliverance. This is a life of tasting a bit of Heaven here on earth!
Trusting Yahuwah, leaning on Him in peaceful acceptance of His sovereignty, brings an inner peace, cleansing, and hopefulness.
When we can honestly trust Him, then we will find that inner, peaceful joy that is constant, steady, and permanent, no matter what is going on around us. Little by little, our confidence grows as we press forward in resting in Him and in doing His Word. We learn, over and over, that Yahuwah is with us and He is good to us:
Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for Yahuwah [the LORD] your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)
Yahuwah [the LORD] is thy keeper: Yahuwah is thy shade upon thy right hand. Yahuwah shall preserve thee from all evil: He shall preserve thy soul. Yahuwah shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore. (Psalms 121:5,7,8)
As these verses remind us, Yahuwah Elohim is with each one of us! Read that verse again. Yahuwah, Creator of all things is with you! What gladness! What comfort to remember that He promises to preserve us from all evil!
It’s good to know that God is with you — not only when you begin the journey, but when you come to the end. Not only when you go out to work in the morning, but when you come back home in the evening. God is still with you and He will protect you and keep you from this time forth and forever.
God’s protection extends not only through time, but out of time and into eternity. He keeps us during each journey that we take through time, and one day we’ll be taking another journey. We will be leaving time (one day). We’ll be stepping out into eternity. But how good it is to know that even when we take that last journey, God will preserve and keep not merely our going out but our coming in. He’ll see us safely through the portals of time and into the fullness of eternity and He’ll be there to welcome us. The Creator — He is our keeper! — Derek Prince
Patiently, Regularly Seek Him
The true and lasting joy of the morning comes to those who have put their hope and trust in the Mighty One of Israel, Yahuwah Elohim. If we will be patient, remembering His love for us, seeking Him daily, doing what pleases HIM, then we will come to understand the apostle Peter’s exhortation:
. . . though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. (1Peter 1:8a,9)
When we study God’s Word consistently, we are drinking of the ‘Living Water’ of His Word. When we seek to honour Him with our obedience, in the small things and in the big things, then we come to know His joy, and the hope of His salvation (1Thessalonians 5:8).
We will have moments of uncertainty and confusion, moments of trials and conflicts, but these are meant to strengthen us, if we will continue to look to Father, asking for His help: “Look unto me (Yahuwah), and be ye saved (rescued).” (Isaiah 45:22a)
The trials of this life will test us, even confuse us at times. But the testings remind us that only God knows all the answers. When we do not understand, we must never give up! We must continue to trust in Him, continue to be steadfast in our resolve to follow Father every day, and let go of our own agendas and anxieties.
Our trust and love for Yahuwah will grow more solid, as we make this first step of our day — to give our heart to Him each new morning, seeking to please Him. This is a step toward the joy of the morning.
If we will patiently do this, then over time, we will easily turn to Him in all situations, because we have learned that He truly is a very present help (Psalms 46:1)!
Quiet Morning Time
Seeking Yahuwah, especially in the morning, allows Father to impart His refreshing to us. ‘In the morning’ — or whenever our schedule determines our ‘wake-up time’ — is a special time for joy and hope to be quietly renewed!
Father has so many wonderful promises for those who seek to delight in Him. Remember these promises:
Delight thyself also in Yahuwah; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. (Psalms 37:4)
Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice. Cast thy burden upon Yahuwah, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer [allow] the righteous to be moved. (Psalms 55:17,22)
… I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning: for You hast been my defense and refuge in the day of my trouble. (Psalms 59:16)
I prevented [met] the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in Your word. (Psalms 119:147)
Cause me to hear Your lovingkindness in the morning; for in You [Yahuwah] do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto You. (Psalms 143:8)
In the morning, when most of us arise to start our day, before the pressures of the day, talk to Yahuwah, and determine to seek Him in His Word! Then wait quietly before Him, resting in the knowledge that He is with you!
The morning ‘quiet time’ is a time to ‘be still and know’ Father’s guidance, remembering the many promises in His Word, and remembering that . . . all things are working together for good to them that love Yahuwah, to them who are the called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).
May we pray as King David did: My voice You shall hear in the morning, Yahuwah; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto You, and will look up (Psalms 5:3).
One will be astonished at the results obtained in the quiet place of prayer. I have seen the Lord work wonders in answer to prayer offered before Him in the early hours of the morning. – T. M. Anderson
- Prayer – Our Life-line to the Father
- Those Who Gathered Little Had No Lack
- Spend Time With The Master
- Trusting In Yahuwah With All Your Heart
- Beginning Your Day – a brief devotional by Derek Prince
- Seeking God With All Our Heart