Waking Up in the Morning...page 2
I will refer often to this particular verse. It is a “life-passage” that reveals to us one of the choicest ways we implement in seeking to live as disciples of Jesus. We must become people unto whom the Presence is real. This is an obvious missing ingredient in the lives of most saints.
Put simply, Jesus is not real to us. To experience the reality of his presence is a growing process, and it will certainly help if we determine to acknowledge such when we awaken. Again, note David’s use of the word “set.” God doesn’t just “come to the mind,” he must, instead, be “called to mind.” And this is precisely what it means to set him before you. Simply put, by an act of my will, and the use of my mouth, I tell myself to think on God.
Remember, the Great Commandment is to love God. Dallas Willard quotes Thomas Watson’s writings on this subject…
"The first fruit of love is the musing of the mind upon God.
He who is in love, his thoughts are ever upon the object.
He who loves God is ravished and transported with the contemplation of God."
(The Divine Conspiracy, Dallas Willard)
As you lie in your bed for a few moments, you will have to force your mind to entertain thoughts about God. It will not, especially at first, naturally flow in that direction. Many believers get discouraged in this practice. They assume that God will help them in an overpowering way, since what they seek to do is certainly his will. But that is not the method of your Father. He does not ravish, he can only woo, C.S. Lewis wrote. And this is very true in the matter at hand. The mind is a strange organ. It can wonder the earth in a matter of seconds, and go from one subject to another with lightning speed. It can be like a wild horse, and because that is so we often have to “rope it” and bring it in.
In the last 30 plus years there has been much interest in eschatology, the study of end times. Multitudes of books have been written on the subject. In these books and teachings there is often great debate on the Battle of Armageddon. Scholars have long pondered just who will fight this battle, and where. Quite frankly, I don’t know who will fight in this battle, nor do I know where it will take place. But, I am certain of the “location” where presently the greatest battle in the world wages: The space between your right ear and your left ear – the mind!
Your mind is a battlefield. Satan longs to captivate it. As the famous Chinese Christian Watchman Nee said long ago, “Thought is the seed of action.” A man will do what he thinks about. Thus, we must win the battle in our thought-life, and this battle begins the moment you awaken.
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