From the Rising of the Sun…
Denise and I returned from Punta Cana yesterday afternoon. It was a great trip that included some married couples from our church and a guest presenter, Dr. Gina Orton, who is a physiatrist. We call the weekend, a “Married Couples Weekend of Romance.” As is often the case, while we were all there to refocus, retool and recalibrate our marriages, I could not wake up in the morning without confronting the majesty of the rising sun. The view from our balcony was breathtaking. The official sunrise was around 7:10. However, I would wake up an hour a head of the sunrise to observe to gentle gradations of color that precede the hot burst of the sun.
Watching the sun make its rise, I thought of Psalm 113 and David’s praise of God:
Psalm 113: 3 From the rising of the sun to its setting the name of the Lord is to be praised. 4 The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens. 
God is so great, even the sun in all its majesty gives praise the breadth, width, Hight and depth of the Lord! For me, the sun is a constant reminder of the power of God. The temperature of the sun is so hot that without the filter of the atmosphere, the earth would burn up. If the earth were just a little cooler, the oceans, animals and human beings would be thrown off kilter. The ecological balance of the earth is so precise, so precious, that with relatively small incremental changes, life as we know it could not exist. Somehow, this good God we serve has loved us enough to create a world that is neither too hot or too cold for life to exist. As humans, we seem to go out of our way to challenge and mess up this good earth that the Lord has made. But one thing remains: from one end of the earth to the other, from the rising of the sun to its setting, “The name of the Lord is to be praised!”
Questions for Reflection:
- How would you describe the glory and power of the Lord?
- How does the glory of the Lord manifest itself?
Prayer: Lord, I praise you because you are higher than the highest mountain, deeper than the lowest valley. The morning sun rises with a glory that is only a glimpse of the scope and majesty of your power. You are greater than the greatest nation. Your orbit and reach is more expansive than the stars and planets of the universe. From one end of the earth to the farthest reach of the universe, everything gives praise and testimony to your holy name! Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.
Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III
Photo by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III
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 The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ps 113:3–4). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.