It is a wonderful thing to have a joy spring up within us in the morning. The morning light has a freshness, an innocence. Many times, we can sense an inner joy from seeing the morning light. Our heart yearns for the hope-full-ness that seems to come from the light of the morning.
King David knew a joy from the morning light — 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, grieving over problems that seem monumental.
After a night of despair and hopeless-ness — crying, weeping, confused, rejected — I eventually came to an exhausting end of my tears.
I felt empty, and yet calm. My weeping seemed hushed at last.
The morning light appeared, and I seemed to have gained a mysterious, peaceful acceptance.
But how did that happen? The Spirit of the Living God sent His Comforter. My Saviour, Yahushua Messiah [the Hebrew name for Jesus Christ] came to me with the reminders of His promises to love me and never leave me.
In the day of my trouble I will call on You; for You will answer me…. For great is Your mercy toward me…. You, Yahuwah [LORD], have helped me and comforted me (Psalms 86:7,13,17).
I have noticed that remembering is a help to restoring joy and peacefulness. When I remember how different my life is now, compared to what it was — then I can be grateful and thankful all over again.
For years, my heart was bound with a restless, hope-less confusion. But now my life is far, far better — now that I am a child of Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God]. Now that I follow God’s written Word [the Bible], my life has meaning and purpose. And I have the hope of eternal life with Him.
This hope of eternal life is a secret to the ‘JOY that comes in the morning.’
The joy that comes from the heavenly Father’s is a deep, abiding joy that springs forth like the dawning of a new day. When Yahushua Messiah enters our heart and delivers us from this present, evil world, it is like a bright and morning star that arises in our heart:
“I, Yahushua [Jesus] have sent my angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.” (Revelation 22:16; see also Luke 1:78-79; Galatians 1:4).
The Key to Maintaining Our Joy
How can we keep this ‘joy that comes in the morning’, even when trials and sufferings are knocking at our door ?
The key is to look to God in secret prayer, each new day.
Talking to God is the way to maintain our hope and our trust in Father’s goodness and mercies. Talking to God is the way to know His lovingkindness, which is renewed each new day (Lamentations 3:22,23)!
Talking to Father God every morning, at the start of the day, seeking His help for fulfilling the plans before us, then He can reveal His desire for the direction of the day. When we commit ourselves to Yah each new day, then we are at peace with the outlook of the day because Yahuwah hears our prayers! He wants to guide us, encourage us, and direct our path (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Yahushua Messiah [Jesus Christ] knew the importance of the morning hours devoted to prayer:
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 stillness 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 Him with all our heart, presenting ourselves before Him, seeking His strength and hope and direction.
- [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!]
An Everlasting Strength
The goodness of trusting in Yahuwah, and in His written Word, brings a blessing of peace, strength, and deliverance:
- O taste and see that Yahuwah [the LORD] is good: blessed is the man that trusts in Him (Psalms 34:8).
- Trust in Yahuwah [the LORD] forever: for in Yahuwah is everlasting strength (Isaiah 26:4).
- Thus says Yahuwah… Look unto me, and be saved [delivered, rescued] (Isaiah 45:22).
When we honestly trust Him, then we find an inner peace that is constant, steady, permanent, no matter what is going on. Little by little, our confidence grows as we press forward in doing His written Word. We learn, over and over, that Yahuwah is with us and is good to us:
Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, do not be dismayed: for Yahuwah [the LORD] your God is with you wherever you go. (Joshua 1:9)
Yahuwah [the LORD] is your keeper: Yahuwah is your shade upon your right hand. Yahuwah shall preserve you from all evil: He shall preserve your soul. Yahuwah shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore. (Psalms 121:5,7,8)
As these verses remind us, Yahuwah Elohim, Creator of all things, is with each one of us!
Patiently, Regularly Seek Him
The true ‘joy of the morning’ comes to those who have put their hope and trust in the Mighty One of Israel, Yahuwah Elohim. If we are patient, seeking Him daily, doing what pleases HIM, then we will come to understand the unspeakable joy of God — the goal of our faith:
. . . though now you see Him not, yet believing, you rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: receiving the goal of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. (1Peter 1:8a-9; see also 1Thessalonians 5:8)
When we study God’s written Word consistently, and honour Yah with our obedience, this is how we drink of the ‘Living Water‘ of His Word. We are refreshing our thirsty soul, building up our hope of salvation.
We will have moments of uncertainty and confusion, moments of trials and conflicts, but these are meant to strengthen us and mature us. Only remain steadfast, and continue to look to Father, asking for His help to be faithful: “Look unto me (Yahuwah), and be saved (rescued).” (Isaiah 45:22a)
The trials of this life will test us, but the testings serve to remind us that only God knows all the answers. Regardless of the uncertainties, we must never give up! We must continue to trust Yahuwah, continue in our resolve to follow Father every day, seeking HIS agenda.
Make this the first step of our day — to give our heart to Him each new morning, acknowledging Him first in all we do, and seek to please Him. This is the step toward the joy of the morning!
If we will patiently seek Him first, then over time, we will naturally turn to Him in all situations, because we have seen that He truly is a very present help (in the here and now) (Psalms 46:1)!
Quiet Morning Time
Seeking Yahuwah in the morning allows Father to impart His refreshing to us. ‘In the morning’ — or whenever our schedule determines our ‘wake-up time’ — is the time for joy and hope to be renewed!
Father has so many wonderful promises for those who seek to delight in Him:
Delight yourself also in Yahuwah; and He shall give you the desires of your heart. (Psalms 37:4)
Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice. Cast your burden upon Yahuwah, and He shall sustain you: He shall never 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 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)
When we arise to start our day, before the pressures of the day, talk to Yahuwah, and seek Him in His written Word! Wait before Him, resting confidently in the truth that He is with you!
The morning ‘Quiet Time’ is a time to ‘be still and know’ Father’s guidance, remembering His many promises, 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 each one of us be able to say: My voice You shall hear in the morning, Yahuwah; in the morning, I will direct my prayer unto You, and will look up to You expectantly (Psalms 5:3).
- 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