Early will I seek Thee

As part of my routine this year I am trying to be more faithful in my early morning devotions. I just discovered a website which will allow you to set up a Bible reading schedule to read through the Bible in a year. And it’s free!

Sometimes I’ll take my coffee and sit on the sofa with a Bible and read the passages. However, having the reminder in my inbox when I check my email helps me to stay on track. I just delete the email once I’ve finished my reading.

You can choose from three different schedules, different versions, as well as whatever start date you want.  The url for this site is http://www.bibleinayear.org/.

Since I am not a morning person, but I do believe in seeking God’s face in the morning, I did some research for added motivation, and this is what I found:

Psalm 63:1 [A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.]
 O God, thou [art] my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; NIV- 
63:1 O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
63:2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.

Matthew Henry –
Ps 631-2 "Early will I seek thee. The true Christian devotes to God the morning hour. He opens the eyes of his understanding with those of his body, and awakes each morning to righteousness. He arises with a thirst after those comforts which the world cannot give, and has immediate recourse by prayer to the Fountain of the water of life. The true believer is convinced, that nothing in this sinful world can satisfy the wants and desires of his immortal soul; he expects his happiness from God, as his portion. When faith and hope are most in exercise, the world appears a weary desert, and the believer longs for the joys of heaven, of which he has some foretastes in the ordinances of God upon earth. "

Isa 26:9,"With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments [are] in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness."
 
Prov 8:17, " I love them that love *me; and those that seek *me early shall find me."
 *Of course the "me" in the above verse is wisdom.  But the Lord is wisdom.

And it was written of our Lord in Mark 1:35, "And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed."

Here are some additional verses on seeking God:
 
(Deu 4:29 KJV) But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.
(1 Chr 16:10 KJV) Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
(1 Chr 16:11 KJV) Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
(1 Chr 22:19 KJV) Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God, to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD.
(2 Chr 11:16 KJV) And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the LORD God of their fathers.
(2 Chr 12:14 KJV) And he did evil, because he prepared not his heart to seek the LORD.
(2 Chr 14:4 KJV) And commanded Judah to seek the LORD God of their fathers, and to do the law and the commandment.
(2 Chr 15:12 KJV) And they entered into a covenant to seek the LORD God of their fathers with all their heart and with all their soul;
(2 Chr 15:13 KJV) That whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman.
(2 Chr 20:3 KJV) And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
(2 Chr 20:4 KJV) And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
(Ezra 6:21 KJV) And the children of Israel, which were come again out of captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the heathen of the land, to seek the LORD God of Israel, did eat,
(Psa 34:10 KJV) The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
(Psa 105:3 KJV) Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
(Psa 105:4 KJV) Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
(Prov 28:5 KJV) Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the LORD understand all things.
(Isa 9:13 KJV) For the people turneth not unto him that smiteth them, neither do they seek the LORD of hosts.
(Isa 31:1 KJV) Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!
(Isa 51:1 KJV) Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.
(Jer 50:4 KJV) In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God.
(Hosea 3:5 KJV) Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the LORD their God, and David their king; and shall fear the LORD and his goodness in the latter days.
(Hosea 5:6 KJV) They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.
(Hosea 10:12 KJV) Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
(Amos 5:6 KJV) Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel.
(Zec 8:21 KJV) And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us go speedily to pray before the LORD, and to seek the LORD of hosts: I will go also.
(Zec 8:22 KJV) Yea, many people and strong nations shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the LORD.
(Acts 17:27 KJV) That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:
 
And, my favorite verse on seeking God, Jer 29:13, "And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart."
 
For further study, check out these devotionals:
 
Early Will I Seek You –
http://www.biblrytr.com/praywhen.htm 
 
How to Begin the Day with God –
http://www.sovgrace.net/beginday.htm

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