Here Comes the Sun

From the rising of the sun to the setting of the same the name of the Lord shall be praised. Psalms 113:3

I remember, from my years of teaching in the youth department, this verse was more often than not sung as a simple prayer. Whenever I take in either a sunrise or sunset, I am always struck with the awesomeness of God, and I am reminded once again to pray and to give God praise.

The sun, whether it is beheld in a sunrise or sunset, is such a beautiful representation of who God is. It is, above all, powerful and beautiful. Depending on the weather at the time, it is as varied as the seasons – able to change and take different forms, colors, positions in the sky and intensity. The sun when viewed either at dawn or twilight will bathe you in a soft glow of warmth and peace, as if everything is perfect in the world – at least for that moment.

In turn, the sun when noticed (for you cannot look directly at it) during the middle of the day can be harsh, relenting, even punishing. It is impossible to gaze upon directly – you need a buffer to do so. At these times, you can be tested to your full measure if you try to remain in its penetrating light during certain times of the year. Often at these times, you cannot endure the unending judgment of its rays ¬– causing you to run and hide. And in other times of the year, the sun’s warmth seems only to be available for short periods of time – leaving you feeling cold and alone – turning the world into a frigid wasteland.

In contrast, after sunset, it appears as if the sun has disappeared from your world altogether. No matter how hard you try, you cannot see it or find it. Or, so you think. In the darkness of night, the sun is still watching over you. Other objects around it, such as the moon and other planets, are still reflecting its awesome power – bouncing it back to earth to remind us that it is never truly gone. The night is a testing period – testing your faith that at the dawn, the sun will indeed once again rise, available for your gazes, your admirations, your praises.

In turn God’s character is often like the sun; always powerful, always beautiful, always sustaining. Christ is the buffer from God’s wrath and judgment. He is our mediator – the one who already took our place on judgment day.  And when we feel that God is vacant as the darkest night, remember that He is always watching and waiting for us to remove the barriers that prevent Him from shining in our own lives.

From my Sunrise Series:

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Georgette
    Dec 14, 2010 @ 17:10:40

    Saw Sam’s sunrise and saw your website so wanted to check it out. These are some absolutely BEAUTIFUL pictures. Sometimes with all our trouble and woes of life, we (I) sometimes forget just how good God is. Thank you.


  2. micah e. welchel
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 06:44:59

    these are beautiful mom


  3. Darla
    Mar 21, 2011 @ 13:07:06

    Thanks Micah!


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