Seek the Lord Early

There are three aspects to seeking the Lord “early.”

The first is seeking Him early in the day first thing in the morning. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.(Psalm 5:3)

Morning prayer is our duty; we are the fittest for prayer when we are in the most fresh, and lively, and composed frame, got clear of the slumbers of the night, revived by them, and not yet filled with the business of the day. We have then most need of prayer, considering the dangers and temptations of the day to which we are exposed, and against which we are concerned; by faith and prayer, to fetch in fresh supplies of grace.

Having risen from sleep, I hasten to Thee, O Lord, for Thou lovest mankind, and by Thy loving-kindness I strive to do Thy works, and I pray to thee: help me at all times, in everything, and deliver me from every evil thing of the world and every attack of the evil one, and lead me into Thine eternal kingdom. For Thou art my Creator, the Giver and Protector of everything good, and all my hope is in Thee. And to Thee I send up glory, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen. 

By Saint Macarius the Great

The second aspect is seeking the Lord early in all your endeavors. Asking God for guidance before every step you take and not after you have taken some steps and possibly failed. Seek the Lord in all your plans and before setting your foot in any direction. “I love them that love me; and those; that seek me early shall find me.” (Proverbs 8:17). Those that love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity shall be loved of him with a peculiar distinguishing love. He will love them and manifest himself to them. Those that seek the Lord early, seek an acquaintance with Him, they seek Him earnestly and before anything else.

Finally, we should seek the Lord early in our lives. “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth…” (Eccl. 12:1). Do not wait until the calamities of old age are upon you. The sooner we seek the Lord, the better shape we are in.

– Summary and Excerpts from Matthew Henry’s Commentary on the Old Testament

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