How To Start Your Day Right...

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
— Psalm 63:1 ESV

What is on your agenda today? Whether it is big or small, easy or hard, a mountain of pressure or "a piece of cake" . . . if you want to start it right take a minute and listen to my friend, George.

George Müller provided orphan care for 10,000 children during his lifetime. Despite the millions of dollars it cost to clothe, feed, and house these children, Müller never asked for money. He made his needs known only to the Lord and then waited for God to provide.

I am in awe. Müller was a man with 10,000 cares, but seemingly not a care in the world. In the pamphlet, Soul Nourishment First (1841), he unveils his secret:

It has pleased the Lord to teach me a truth, the benefit of which I have not lost, for more than fourteen years. The point is this: I saw more clearly than ever

that the first great and primary business to which I ought to attend every day was, to have my soul happy in the Lord.

The first thing to be concerned about was not how much I might serve the Lord, or how I might glorify the Lord; but how I might get my soul into a happy state, and how my inner man might be nourished. For I might seek to set the truth before the unconverted, I might seek to benefit believers, I might seek to relieve the distressed, I might in other ways seek to behave myself as it becomes a child of God in this world; and yet, not being happy in the Lord, and not being nourished and strengthened in my inner man day by day, all this might not be attended to in a right spirit.

Before this time my practice had been, at least for ten years previously, as an habitual thing, to give myself to prayer, after having dressed myself in the morning. Now, I saw that the most important thing I had to do was to give myself to the reading of the Word of God, and to meditation on it, that thus my heart might be comforted, encouraged, warned, reproved, instructed; and that thus, by means of the Word of God, while meditating on it, my heart might be brought into experiential communion with the Lord.

Müller's passion for God mirrored that of David in Psalm 63. When David writes, "earnestly I seek you," he used the Hebrew word, SHACHAR, which means "to look early or diligently for."

First, God!

That was David's approach. That was Müller's approach. Is it your approach?

You have a lot to do today, right? Don't rush off until you do your primary work. Make sure your soul is happy in the Lord. Follow Müller's lead. Take a few moments and dwell on the passage below. In what ways does God want to comfort, encourage, or instruct your heart? Thank Him for what He teaches you.

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? . . . Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? … For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39 ESV

There are many urgent things, but Müller helps us grasp the important thing. May God keep your soul "happy in the Lord" today!


Soul Nourishment First, A booklet by George Müller. May 9, 1841.