By guarding it according to your word.
With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
I have stored up your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
Blessed are you, O LORD;
teach me your statutes!
With my lips I declare
all the rules of your mouth.
In the way of your testimonies I delight
as much as in all riches.
I will meditate on your precepts
and fix my eyes on your ways.
I will delight in your statutes;
I will not forget your word.
Do not neglect Godâ€™s Word. Those were the words that I understood clearly â€“ especially as I attempt to wake up with one less hour of sleep. I cannot allow anything to separate me from the Bread of Life â€“ no matter how tired, how hungry, or how hard it is to peel my eyes open â€“ I should be in Godâ€™s Word daily, and I want to force myself to read the most important book in all of history before I do anything or read anything.
I think all of us tend to diminish the importance of spending time with God, and reading Godâ€™s Word. We talk and write as if it is very important to us, yet many times our actions prove otherwise. At some times, they prove what is truly important to us. We use Godâ€™s gift of sleep, something good, and abuse it by not going to bed early enough so that we are able to wake up and read Godâ€™s Word. Other times we are too hungry, or sleep in, and decide that we need to just â€œskipâ€ our daily â€œquiet timeâ€ with the Lord. I cannot understand how easily I allow my sinful nature to overcome me during my time of weakness in those early hours. How much more will it overcome me when times prove harder than waking up in the morning? If my priorities are not set straight now, how will I act when times are different?
We must first go to the Lord in prayer and repentance, asking Him to forgive us for putting other things before Him and His Word, then asking Him to allow His Holy Spirit to empower us with strength each morning. It goes without saying that we must do our part in getting enough sleep, and then resolve to get up the next day ready to meet with God first and foremost. Then we must act â€“ these remain words on a page until we put them into action.
I pray that we no longer neglect Godâ€™s Word, nor diminish our sin of selfishness and idolatry. May we all go to the Lord in prayer over this matter, and resolve with the Holy Spiritâ€™s guiding hand to be faithful to spend time with God daily. We will never be the same.