The Best Trick for Waking Up in the Morning

Trevor Lane

April 17, 2024

When I was a kid getting ready for school in the morning, I would always hear the classic Folgers' jingle that would close their commercials: “The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup!

You just sang that, didn’t you?

I have never been a coffee drinker, but I have always enjoyed the smell of coffee brewing. I have heard there are many people who cannot even begin their day without that first cup. As a matter of fact, you might hear someone say that they are not a nice person without that first cup of coffee. 

In Psalm 5, the psalmist David gives an indication of the best trick for waking up in the morning, “Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to You do I pray. O Lord, in the morning You hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for You and watch” (Psalm 5:1-3, ESV).

Scripture repeatedly shows that the best trick for waking up in the morning is to start your day in the Word and in prayer (not scrolling through social media).

When we consider this Scripture in its context, we see that David faced false accusations from his enemies. Still, David connected to God each morning, while his mind was free from the problems that would later face him. No matter what David encountered later in the day, he went forward in confidence because he connected with the One who holds the future:

But I, through the abundance of Your steadfast love,
    will enter Your house.
I will bow down toward Your holy temple
    in the fear of You.
Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness
    because of my enemies;
    make Your way straight before me.

For there is no truth in their mouth;
    their inmost self is destruction;
their throat is an open grave;
    they flatter with their tongue.
Make them bear their guilt, O God;
    let them fall by their own counsels;
because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out,
    for they have rebelled against You.

But let all who take refuge in You rejoice;
    let them ever sing for joy,
and spread Your protection over them,
    that those who love Your name may exult in You.
For You bless the righteous, O Lord;
    You cover him with favor as with a shield
” (Psalm 5:7-12, ESV).

Keep in mind that Jesus Himself followed this pattern: “And rising very early in the morning, while it was still dark, He departed and went out to a desolate place, and there He prayed” (Mark 1:35, ESV).

Praying can feel like a chore, especially if your mind tends to wander. But King David groaned to the Lord, “Give ear to my words, O Lord; consider my groaning,” (Psalms 5:1, ESV), and God heard those prayers, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words” (Romans 8:26, ESV).

Not only does God hear your prayers, but He also stores them up to be answered at just the right time: “And when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints” (Revelation 5:8).

I am sure you’ve been there like I have: Your day is not as good when you miss your time with Jesus. Turns out, the best part of waking up is not Folgers in your cup. The best trick for waking up in the morning is to fill your cup with God's Word until that cup runneth over from your intimacy with God—maybe even while drinking your coffee.

And to enjoy your prayers, brewing and wafting up toward heaven. They are a sweet-smelling aroma to the Lord! 

Weekly Challenge

Consider how you wake up in the morning. What is the first thing that you reach for? Is it your coffee, your smart phone, or the Word? I challenge you to reach for Jesus in prayer and worship when you first open your eyes. How can you thank Him and pour out your heart before Him in the morning?