Read: Psalm 63:1-3
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Certainly I am not the only one who has heard and accepted this without question. In fact, I have probably believed this with my whole heart for many decades. I have often skipped breakfast. Actually, even more often I have been known to have a breakfast consisting of nothing more than coffee. Sometimes it has been cold pizza. And, just so long as I am being totally honest and completely anonymous, I have even breakfasted on jelly beans. However, I have noticed that a nice scrambled egg on whole wheat toast, perhaps with a bit of fruit, suits me best. I feel better. I have more energy. I don’t wander back into the kitchen to stare blankly at the refrigerator. I feel . . . satisfied.
As I read David’s words, “My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,” I am reminded of my breakfast. Starting the day with a nutritious breakfast is what my physical body needs. As I have grown and matured, I have realized this and have had to discipline myself to take care of myself. Why has it been so hard? David begins with a bold declaration, “O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly.” If God is my God the only appropriate response is to seek Him earnestly. I yearn for the satisfier of my soul even if I fail to recognize it. I may stumble and begin my day with frantic activities, news reports, or the latest entertainment gossip and then, just as jelly beans bring me back to stare blankly in the refrigerator, I find myself looking for something more. Through His lovingkindness I am reminded once again of Who satisfies my thirsty soul. O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly.
Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship.
Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.
Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness.
Supplication: Petition God regarding your family and your ministry. Ask for help and guidance in sharing your Jesus with others and helping others grow in Him. Offer prayers concerning your activities for this day and any special concerns you may have. Intercede on behalf of local, national, and world missions. Pray the Great Commission would be fulfilled and for any special concerns you may have for missions.