How we begin each day not only affects us, but also affects those around us. How can we start the day in the right way? In Psalm 19, God shares the example of one of His greatest creations, the sun. The sun as it begins each day teaches us many lessons.
Once, Sharon and I had the joy of staying a couple of days in a bed and breakfast on the shores of Lake Huron. One morning, we enjoyed a beautiful sunrise over the lake. The sunrise brought the hope of a new day. It brought a renewed sense of the glory of God, and caused us to reflect anew upon the beauty of God’s creation.
A sunrise is one of God’s masterpieces. Psalm 19:4-6 says: “In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it:and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.”
The sun begins the day with great joy and purpose. It fulfills God’s plan every day. Also, it brings warmth to all of us who live upon the earth. The sun glorifies God in all that it does.
“The heavens declare the glory of God, the firmament showeth his handiwork.” (Ps. 19:1)
What about us? How can we live each day like the sun? How can we bring glory to God?
1. The sun rejoices as it begins each new day. (“Rejoiceth as a strong man”)
How do we begin our day? Do we begin the day with dread? Do we begin the day with anger? Do we begin the day with a complaining spirit? Have we tried rejoicing as a way to start the day? Our joy is not based upon circumstances, but upon our relationship with Jesus Christ. A joyful start to the day will help us through the difficulties of the day, will bring glory to God, and will brighten the lives of other people.
2. The sun fulfills God’s purpose for each day. (“His circuit unto the ends of it”)
The sun willingly performs the task that God has given unto it. The sun doesn’t complain. It doesn’t get praise. It doesn’t doubt God’s plan. How about God’s purpose for our lives? Are we seeking to fulfill God’s plan for our lives? God has a great plan for each of us. It began with our salvation in Jesus Christ and will continue for all eternity. Daily, we have a choice: “Will I fulfill God’s plan for my life, or will I fulfill my plan for my life?”
3. The sun ministers unto others. (“There is nothing hid from the heat thereof”)
The sun brings warmth, light and a sense of beauty to all of us. Every day, we have an opportunity to bring warmth into the lives of those around us. We can encourage others with our words and actions. We can share God’s love with those that God brings into our lives. Every day is an opportunity to brighten the lives of those around us.
Each new day is a gift from God. We have the opportunity to rejoice in the Lord, to follow God’s plan and to brighten the lives of others. Don’t let the clouds of fear, doubt, anger and self-pity keep you from shining brightly before God and others. Whose life will you brighten today?