Exodus 30:7 And Aaron shall burn thereon sweet incense every morning: when he dresseth the lamps, he shall burn incense upon it.
To most people who know me, they know that I am an early riser. Well, early according to most people that is. Somewhere between 4 and 5:30 a.m. is my normal time to get up, make a pot of coffee, and then spend time in prayer, reading, God’s word, and writing about what I have read. That is where these Daily devotions come from. I choose to do so because there are very few interruptions at that time of day. The robo-nuisance callers have not begun their pestering calls yet. Most people are still sleeping, or taking a shower getting ready for work or school. This is a great time to be alone with God, pray, and meditate on His Word.
While reading Exodus we find that this morning schedule was part of God’s desire for the priests of that day as well. Incense was to resemble the sweet smell of prayers offered to the Lord. David the Psalmist prayed; Psalm 141:2 “Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” I know some of you may be thinking, “well that’s good for you preacher, but I am not a priest.” However in 1 Peter 2:5 it says; “Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” Spend a little quiet time with God each day. It’ll do you well, and may cause a sweet aroma in Heaven.
In your quiet time of meditation this week, try saying this verse back to God. Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.”
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