Garland Of Grace – 12.06.10

The Upper Room

“In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; in the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.” – Psalm 5:3

The area over our garage is an elongated rectangular floored attic space with a drop down door, and as strange as it may sound, it is my favorite place in the house. I guess it all started sometime last year when I had some electrical work done up there. The single sixty watt light bulb initially installed just wasn’t enough light, so I had two more lights added. Up until that point, I had not seen the potential of my attic. It was large enough to be finished out into a room. All it would need would be a set of steps, plumbing, heating and air ducts, and a few walls thrown up. Sarah and I talked about it, but realized that we were a few years away financially from such a project. But then it dawned on me; why do I have to wait a few years to enjoy such a nice usable space? The next thing I know, I had taken a corner in the attic made it into a makeshift room. I set up a desk, a swivel chair, a box fan for the summer, and a space heater for the winter. I even found an old carpet remnant to use as a rug. And it was sometime last fall, that I began using the area for my quiet times with the Lord. Since setting up this little area in the attic, I cannot begin to tell you how my intimacy and fellowship with God has been enriched. Every believer needs to have a place of solitude where they can get alone with God each and every day. For me, it has been refreshing to have my own place of solitude where I can get alone with God and drink from His streams of grace through prayer and Bible study. Each month, I would try to add something to make it more like a room. For instance, in the attic was my grandmother’s antique rocking chair. I dusted it off and began using it as a kneeling bench for prayer. I put a few pictures up of the family, and tacked up some pictures drawn by my daughter. I bought small thermometer and attached it to a wood beam to see how hot or cold it gets during the varying seasons. I have sweated through the heat of the summer, and have bundled up in the coldest of mornings, and yet each meeting with God in my upper room has drawn me into closer fellowship with Him.

In our text above, David expressed the importance of starting each day with prayer and fellowship with God. He understood the importance of starting the day off right. Going up those creaky attic steps are some of the very first steps that I try to take each day. I have always believed that getting alone with God is the first thing that you should do. Some days, I fail to do so, and I can feel it the rest of the day. Whether or not I have had my quiet time with God seems to be the determining factor on the quality of my day.

I want to encourage you to incorporate into your life the spiritual discipline of starting your day off in fellowship with God. You need to meet with God before you face the rest of your day. Your meeting with God should take place before your meeting with the gym or the treadmill. Your meeting with God should take place before your meeting with your favorite morning news show. Your talk with God should take place before your talk with your spouse. Don’t misunderstand me. I am not suggesting that to grow closer to God, you have to start spending a lot of time in your attic. That works for me, but it might not be for you. The place of meeting is not as important as the meeting itself. Just find a place of solitude where you can spend quality time with God. And as you meet with God, ask Him to not only awaken you physically but also spiritually. Ask Him to open the eyes of your heart and speak to you clearly though His Word and through prayer. If you do so, you will find each day to be more fulfilling than the one before.

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