A Song or Psalm of David. 1 O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory. 2 Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. 3 I will praise thee, O Lord, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations. 4 For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds. 5 Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth; 6 That thy beloved may be delivered: save with thy right hand, and answer me. 7 God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth. 8 Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver; 9 Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe; over Philistia will I triumph. 10 Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom? 11 Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off? and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts? 12 Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. 13 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.
I absolutely love David’s devotional time with the Lord, don’t you? It wasn’t a drudgery to him. It was a beautiful and special time to him. David incorporated music, song and praise in his devotional time (Psalm 108:1-2). He gave God the glory for all that was going on in his life (Psalm 108:3-5). What does David teach us?
- His heart was fixed – this was not the heart of an unbeliever. The unsaved do not think about God (Psalm 10:4). Therefore, only the saved can have meaningful time with the Lord. How fixed was his heart? So much so, he had a song in his heart! (Psalm 40:3) (Job 35:10) Songs prepare the heart for a message, in my opinion. Many times I have sung hymns before the Pastor gave the message and my heart was made ready to hear the preaching. The Holy Spirit had already begun a work through the songs and the preaching completed it. Why not use music in our devotional time?
- He got up early – I think of my time with the Lord as my “tithe” of time. Giving the Lord the first fruits of your time results in a blessing. It is in the wee hours of the morning that I have found answers to prayers, special Scripture to meet a need and a special communion with my Lord. Granted, new and young mothers have difficulty with this schedule because of their young ones. But for those who do not have this restriction, quiet time early in the morning starts with a refreshed, rested mind and heart – one that is not hindered by the cares of the day. If it was good enough for David, it sure is good enough for me
- He praises his God – David prepares his heart and himself in the right spirit. A heart that is filled with praise is not bitter. How can we hear from the Lord if our heart isn’t right? (Psalm 51:10) Having a hymnal on hand should be a staple of the believer’s devotional time. Open up to a hymn that praises God – there are so many! One of my personal favorites is “How Great Thou Art”! I don’t think I could ever get tired of singing this hymn to the Lord!
- He acknowledges God’s character (Psalm 108:4-5) – When we acknowledge God’s wonderful traits, we are able to see these in how He deals with us. For example, His mercy – without it, I would be in Hell. Another is His eye for detail – I look at creation and am astounded! God’s fatherly characteristics also bless me! He guides me like a father would – like a Shepherd would (Psalm 23:1-4).
- He acknowledges the holiness of God’s Word (Psalm 108:7) – what a blessing that this holiness of Word comes in verse 7! Seven is the Bible number for God’s perfect nature, spiritual perfection and completion (Psalm 12:6-7). The Creator of the universe can, did and will continue to keep and preserve His Word. If we want to get to know Him better, then we must spend time in His Word and we will see His holiness throughout each page. By reading and studying, we are convicted and taught – then we must acknowledge our sin, repent and learn.
I pray 2011 proves to be my best year in studying and learning from God’s Holy Word (2 Timothy 2:15)!