A daily, Bible-based perspective of hope, encouragement and exhortation.
Friday, April 24, 2020
Our young neighbor took this photo of a Great White Egret on Donegal Creek.
(Click on photo to enlarge)
"The Ancient Of Days"
Message summary: Today rest in the assurance of the "Ancient of Days" as we together wait for His will and timing to be revealed.
Listen to this message on your audio player.
"Yes, and from ancient days I am He. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?” (Isaiah 43:13). "As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took His seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of His head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze" (Daniel 7:9).
We have both been blessed by the music that God has gifted His church with. Early on it was clear that God had not gifted me (Stephen) musically but Brooksyne plays the piano, sings and has led choir in several churches over the years. (In the photo she is directing a musical when the choir was wearing biblical attire.) We enjoy new and old music in a variety of different styles, the most important aspect being the lyrics and sound theology.
For several weeks we've been enjoying music by a worship team called CityAlight from a church in Australia. Several weeks ago we heard a song, "Ancient Of Days", which prompted today's study and provides a perspective so needed in these perilous times. We encourage you to listen (video with lyrics) and then come back to read our message!
Though the nations rage
Kingdoms rise and fall
There is still one King
Reigning over all
So I will not fear
For this truth remains:
That my God is, the Ancient of Days
"The Ancient of Days" is a name used for God exclusively in the book of Daniel. This book is a combination of history and prophecy with the first six chapters being generally history and the latter six being prophecy, written in a style similar to that of the book of Revelation.
The title "Ancient of Days" appears only in Daniel 7. The first occurrence is our daily text, where Daniel is describing his vision of heaven. The title "Ancient of Days" has been used as a source of inspiration in art and music, denoting the Creator's aspects of eternity combined with perfection. Moses wrote, "Before the mountains were born or You brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting, You are God" (Psalm 90:2). This reminder that we serve an infinite, all-powerful God can bring tremendous assurance during this season of trial:
Though the dread of night
Overwhelms my soul
He is here with me
I am not alone
O His love is sure
And He knows my name
For my God is, the Ancient of Days
In our first daily text God speaks. "Yes, and from ancient days I am He. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?” What a powerful statement of the sovereignty of God! "God comes before time itself. Before there was ever a day, God was. So, His strength is infinitely greater than anyone else’s; He can rightly say there is no one who can deliver out of My hand. When God does something, no one will reverse it." (Enduring Word commentary)
Today rest in the assurance of the "Ancient of Days" as we together wait for His will and timing to be revealed.
None above Him, none before Him
All of time in His hands
For His throne it shall remain and ever stand
All the power all the glory
I will trust in His name
For my God is, the Ancient of Days
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Ancient of Days, we read of Your great works and miraculous provisions throughout the generations. Remembering the days of old is a glimpse of Your sovereignty as You led Your people out of captivity, through famine and flood, through wars and mighty storms. We are not self-sufficient but our sufficiency is totally reliant on You, the Ancient of Days! You are the same yesterday, today and forever. Even as You brought Your people through in the days of old You will see us through all the way to the other side of eternity! We thank You for Jesus, our solid Rock and mighty fortress. In Him will I trust and through Him will I persevere. Amen.
There is one more verse we didn't place in the body of our message but feel is so powerful:
Though I may not see
What the future brings
I will watch and wait
For the Saviour king
Then my joy complete
Standing face to face
In the presence of the Ancient of Days
Brooksyne's Note: I was awakened about 4 am with a stirring in my heart to read Scripture and pray earlier than usual, (not my usual time, for sure). The Lord was speaking to me about the pandemic and the opportunity we have for revival due to the desperation people feel and many are personally experiencing. History has shown us over and over that fewer come to God during times of prosperity, but rather during persecution or in times of great need. So I have been praying for God to raise up humble, dedicated, and fearless leaders like those who led great revivals in the past: John Wesley, George Whitefield, D.L. Moody, Billy Graham and others who have fearlessly proclaimed the gospel message of salvation and God in His sovereignty drew people to their sphere of influence leading to repentance and national revival. Since the pandemic affects the whole world I'm praying in faith for a worldwide revival. Yesterday David, a British reader, sent this perspective about Fanny Crosby and how a cholera epidemic changed her life as she served as a front line worker. Certainly it is applicable to the coronavirus pandemic in our generation.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Yet Not I But Through Christ In Me" Video CityAlight An incredibly edifying reminder!
To this I hold, my Shepherd will defend me
Through the deepest valley He will lead
Oh the night has been won, and I shall overcome!
Yet not I, but through Christ in me
"Get To Know CityAlight" a blog article by Tim Challies This also has several of their songs embedded.
"What does it mean that God is the Ancient of Days?" (from gotquestions.org)
The last two lines of the first verse in the hymn "Immortal, Invisible, God only Wise", read: video
Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.
"O Worship The King" Video
O worship the King, all glorious above,
And gratefully sing His wonderful love:
Our Shield and Defender, the Ancient of Days,
Pavilioned in splendor, and girded with praise.
Today's photos, including the lead photo of the Egret, were taken by our 12 year old neighbor Joshua.
Joshua and his family of nine live alongside Donegal Creek. Although a bit blurry he took this photo of two eagles in the field by his house. We have nesting eagles along the Susquehanna River not far from our home but wonder if they have also made a nest along Donegal Creek right across from our home since we've been seeing more flying over our space. When they harvest the rye I intend to take a walk along the creek to see if I can find it! Here's a live cam of an eagle nest in our area. It seems they are not disclosing the location apart from "the eagles' nest, nuzzled high up in a sycamore tree in Pennsylvania farmland".
Mink, I didn't even know we had mink around here!
Send a message to Stephen & Brooksyne
To receive the "Daily Encouragement" each Monday-Friday through email see this page to subscribe to our email list. You can also subscribe to the Wordpress rss feed or through a Wordpress email subscription. (See the email subscription on the right side after opening this page)
We want to thank all who financially support our ministry. We realize there are many fine ministries and causes requesting support but if the Lord would lead you we surely need and appreciate the financial support from our readers and listeners. Our ministry labor is comprised of approximately half our time to Daily Encouragement and the other half to our chaplaincy ministry to companies for which we receive compensation. Each of these ministries essentially is the same as a part-time job (20+ hours weekly) for each of us. Our goal for many years is that each would provide half of our ministry expenses and income.
If you would consider making a donation to our ministry see here for more information.
To donate directly online here. This will open to a page that designates the offering to: WEBER,STEPHEN CHAP, Specialized Chaplaincy Ministry ID: 700001-237376
Please Note: We also provide this easy option due to the convenience, for international supporters, and for those who may not be concerned regarding receiving an official tax deductible receipt. Click here to send an offering using PayPal. This will open to a page that states "Brooksyne Weber".
Permissions: Please feel free to pass on, reproduce and distribute any material on Daily Encouragement Net, in part or in whole, in any format, provided that you do not alter the wording in any way or charge a fee beyond the cost of reproduction. It is our desire to spread this material, not protect or restrict it. We do request that you keep the contact, copyright and subscription information intact.
Scripture references are from The Holy Bible: New International Version. © 1984 by International Bible Society; NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1995 by The Lockman Foundation, New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. and the King James Version.
Personal Mission Statement: "I am created by God to bring Him glory. Through God's Son Jesus Christ I have been redeemed and make it my life's goal to please the Lord. My mission in life is to honor God through my faith and obedience and prepare myself and all whom I may influence for eternity."
© Copyright 2020 Stephen C. & Brooksyne Weber - All Rights Reserved
Daily Encouragement Net - 495 Kraybill Church Road - Mount Joy, PA 17552 USA
"Living securely today anchored in God's solid foundation"