Morning, Coffee, and the Word of God


January 10, 2022

Psalm 143:8-10 NIV

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.
9 Rescue me from my enemies, Lord,
for I hide myself in you.
10 Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.


There’s something about the morning and the Word of God. 

I come from a farming family. From an early age, I remember my Father’s morning chair and side table which always held a sizable Bible with a brown leather cover. He was often long gone to the farm before we even woke up. I don’t remember why, but around my sixth or seventh grade year I began to wake up early. I discovered my Dad sitting in his chair, coffee cup in hand, with the big brown Bible open on his lap. One of those mornings I motioned for Dad to slide his Bible across the floor to me. Soon, my mom got me a Bible just like his. There began, for me, the intersection of three of the greatest things in life: morning, coffee, and the Word of God.

There are so many references to the morning in the Word of God. Today’s text provides a good example:

Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.
Show me the way I should go,
for to you I entrust my life.

In Psalm 108, David speaks of “awakening the dawn.” The Prophet Isaiah offers this word:

The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,
to know the word that sustains the weary.
He wakens me morning by morning,
wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. (Isaiah 50:4)

Hear Jeremiah’s famous word on the morning:

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Then there’s the morning practice of our Lord, the Word made Flesh. 

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. (Mark 1:35)

The celebrated twentieth century Chinese Church Leader, Watchman Nee, famously referred to the early mornings as “The Morning Watch.”  The Psalmist captures it in Psalm 130:6:

I wait for the Lord
more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.

There’s something about the morning and the Word of God. And coffee! 


Yes, Lord, thank you for the morning. There’s something about waiting for you and waiting for the morning as we read your Word. Would you awaken me morning by morning and give me an instructed tongue, that I might be refreshed for the day and have words to refresh the weary. Holy Spirit, lead me to consecrate the mornings afresh to you. I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen. 


How are the mornings for you? Delight? Drudgery? What if the Word of God could turn you into a morning person? 


We are gearing up for The Domino Effect: Pursuing the Heart of Awakening, our Fellowship of Awakening Leaders Pastor’s Retreat. I’ll meet with you each morning for a journey through Colossians, and each Thursday afternoon we will meet with a panel of what we call Shepherd’s Shepherds. You don’t want to miss this. Your heart needs it, and you need each other. Please encourage your pastor to check this out. As goes the pastor, so goes the church. COME ON! It all kicks off on January 17. Register today. 

For the Awakening,
J.D. Walt

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4 Responses

  1. This post surly does resonate with me. The predawn is my time to spend time with God, prayer, and coffee. This time alone with God allows me time to wake up to a new day refreshed in communion with my Lord without the distractions of this world. Yes, I’m definitely a morning person.

  2. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
    These lines speak to taking care of your body. You should not harm that which was created by God in His image. Substance abuse of any kind certainly harms the body and the mind. Coffee is a drug and alters you’re thinking.

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