Throughout the Old Testament, God’s people brought Him their “first fruits” as an act of worship, thanksgiving and love, to offer back to Him a symbol of the blessing He gave. An offering of “First fruits” was instituted very early on after the Hebrews left Egypt and today, under the New Covenant through Jesus Christ, what was once a physical act with a spiritual expression has become a spiritual act with a physical expression.
Deuteronomy 26 shows how and why God instituted the first fruit offering:
“And it must be, when you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you for an inheritance, and you possess it, and dwell in it, that you shall take from the first of all the produce of the ground which you shall bring from your land that the Lord your God is giving you, and put it in a basket and go to the place where the Lord your God chooses to make His name abide [and you shall say] “I profess this day to the Lord your God that I have come into the land which the Lord promised to our fathers to give us.”… Now, indeed, I have brought the first fruits of the land, which you, O Lord, have given me.” Then you must set it before the Lord your God and worship before the Lord your God. You must rejoice in every good thing which the Lord your God has given to you…”
Today, I want to share some Scriptural insight with you about the profound power of presenting to the Lord the “first fruits” of you and, while that may look different depending on all of the “firsts” in your life, it is the morning rising that I want to highlight. Take a look at some Scriptures written by the people of God who brought their “first fruits” to Him in worship specifically in the early hours, before the day began.
Why does this matter? When it comes to spending time with the Lord, is no perfect time of day to spend with the Him because anytime, anywhere is the “perfect” time to stop and let Him know how grateful you are, that you appreciate what He’s done, that you love Him. However, in the Bible, there are repeated instances of the poignant beauty of the early morning shown as being an especially profound time to open your spirit to Him. Why?
Because, while your eternal spirit never sleeps, your human soul awakens to newness each day. Even if some of yesterday’s troubles still exist, a new day represents another chance, another opportunity, a new grace, a renewed commitment to the Lord for that day. Certainly the Lord loves the morning as well, have you ever noticed that? In Genesis 3:8 the Bible notes that Adam and Eve heard the voice of the Lord “walking” in the cool breeze of the new day. Awakening to a new day is a gift and in the moments before “life” happens, stop and commit your day to the Lord. It really makes a difference!
Psalm 5:3, “O Lord, in the morning You will hear my voice; in the morning I will direct my prayer to You, and I will watch expectantly.”
Psalm 4:4, “Tremble in awe and do not sin. Commune with your own heart on your bed, and be still.”
Lamentations 3:22-23, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”
Psalm 143:8, “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.”
Psalm 88:13, “…unto You have I cried, O Lord, and in the morning my prayer comes before You.”
Psalm 90:14, “Satisfy us in the morning with your loyal love! Then we will shout for joy and be happy all our days!”
Psalm 149:5, “Let the godly ones be joyful in glory; let them sing for joy on their beds.”
Psalm 55:17, “Evening and morning and at noon, I will pray and cry aloud and He will hear my voice.”
Psalm 42:8, “Yet the Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime… a prayer to the God of my life.”
Psalm 57:7-8, “My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise! Awake, my glory! Awake, psaltery and harp! I will awake the dawn.”
Psalm 59:16, “But I will sing of Your power; I will sing aloud of Your lovingkindness in the morning, for You have been my refuge and escape in the day of my trouble.”
Psalm 92:1-2, “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises unto Your name, O Most High: to declare forth Your lovingkindness in the morning and Your faithfulness in the night.”
Psalm 119:147, “I arose before the dawn of the morning and cried for help; I hope in Your words.”
Psalm 46:5, “God is in the midst of her; she will not be moved; God will help her in the early dawn.”
Thought for today
In 1 Corinthians 15:20 Paul noted that Jesus Christ was the “firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep,” meaning that because He rose from the dead, all who believe He is the Son of God have the same, living hope. (1 Peter 1:3 and 1 Thessalonians 4:14) Praise God for such a hope! So, clearly “firstfruits” have an important place in the heart of God. Only the Lord knows what the day will bring, what news will arise, what situations will occur but His Holy Spirit is with you to help you through every obstacle, every decision, every conflict, every confusion, every conversation, every direction you go – so press into His power each day by lifting up your spirit, your soul and your hands unto Him. It doesn’t have to be fancy or long and drawn out. Five minutes. Two minutes. You don’t have to be on your knees or on your face. Lie in your bed and turn inward to the inner man in those first, quiet moments and commune with God before you continue forward. Just for a moment, you and Him. A whisper. A smile. A tear. A hand on your heart. Each day, first, offer Him YOU.