In Exodus 34:2 God commanded Moses: “So be ready by morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself there to Me on the top of the mountain.”
Here, just before God would show His glory to Moses, He commanded him to come to the top of the mountain and “present yourself there to Me.”
There is a sense in which we are also to do that same thing each day.
— Like Moses, we are to “come up in the morning.” We should each be found before the Lord first thing each day. David said in Psalm 5:3, “In the morning O Lord, you will hear my voice. In the morning I will order my prayer to Thee, and eagerly watch.”
— And what is it that we are to do in the morning? God told Moses, “present yourself there to Me.” The NAS note indicates that this is literally, “place yourself before Me.” This is not a bad guide for OUR morning devotion time too. Don’t just “do your Bible reading” or “say your prayers” – though a good devotional time will include both of those things. But most importantly, like Moses, “place yourself before God”, listen to His voice through His word, and speak to Him in prayer. It is not merely the “doing of devotions”, but consciously “placing one’s self” before the presence of God each day that is important. His desire for us is the same as it was for Moses: “Come up in the morning”!