“First” Conviction

Since I first – no pun intended – heard the song “First” by Lauren Daigle, I can’t open my eyes in the morning without the lyrics popping into my head.

Before I bring my need
I will bring my heart
Before I lift my cares
I will lift my arms
I wanna know You
I wanna find You
In every season
In every moment
Before I bring my need
I will bring my heart
And seek You

(chorus)
First
I want to seek You
I want to seek You
First
I want to keep You
I want to keep You
First
More than anything I want, I want You
First

Believe it or not, these very lyrics convict me like crazy. They have affected me so much I’ve even re-ordered the order of service on Sunday mornings at the church where I pastor. And speaking of pastoring, or preaching, read the words to the second verse…

Before I speak a word
Let me hear Your voice
And in the midst of pain
Let me feel Your joy
I wanna know You
I wanna find You
In every season
In every moment
Before I speak a word
I will bring my heart
And seek You

I wake up each morning, no joke, hearing Lauren Daigle’s powerful, Spirit-empowered voice exploding out the first word of the chorus… “First!”

This morning was no different, and that is why I am sharing this with you. Are you putting God first in your life? Are you putting Him first every day, every moment, before your own desires or needs? Are we not commanded by Him to “Seek ye first…?”

I don’t want to wake up each morning with guilt, but so often the first things on my mind are  coffee, checking my messages, going to the bathroom, letting the dog out, or hitting the snooze button one more time. I need to work a little more – as in working out my salvation – on growing my love for and dependence on the One who should take priority in every area of life.

It might be easier on a Sunday morning, but what about Monday? What about the next holiday morning? What about when you’re running late, or want to sleep in?

We talk about putting “first things first” all the time, but will you strive along with me to put the Lord first, before everything?

He is worthy. 

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4 responses to ““First” Conviction

  1. The first things on your mind are generally the first things on my mind, except for taking the dog for a walk. I don’t have a dog. It’s human and what we do. As I see it, anyway, the only one way to put God first is to live your life the way you know He expects you to.

    • I certainly don’t mean to imply that we should soil our beds upon waking, especially if that is what wakes us up. However, there are a whole lot of us who are so addicted to our phones that the first thing we do upon opening our eyes is swipe the screen to check Facebook, Twitter, or the news. We could at least start off with a devotional app before looking at the other stuff, don’t you think?

  2. I’ve tried to be more aware of talking to the Lord first thing each morning, and then…this morning, I caught myself taking Him my concerns and asking for His help before I even said, “Thank You for the day!” Oh, well, I’m still learning and growing and thankfully, our Father is understanding and so merciful. Thank you for this post. From now on, when I hear “first things first” I’ll probably be thinking “God first” because of this post.

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