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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Stephen and Sadie Willow watching the setting of the sun from our picture window. As the saying goes, "A dog is a man's best friend."
"The Lord's Name Is To Be Praised!"
Message summary: We have many choices today. Some are relatively inconsequential, others are very important. The most important choice we make is to love and serve God. And one way we can do that is by joining millions of our redeemed brothers and sisters on this earth in praising the name of the Lord!
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“From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same the Lord's name is to be praised" (Psalm 113:3).
The changing seasons, including our current wintry season with lots of snow, presents a variety to our landscape views in our large front yard and across the street; the vegetation, outdoor activities, clothing attire, Amish traffic, all vary throughout the year. At this point many of us who’ve settled in for a few cold months are ready for a thaw! This sign, “free snow” made us chuckle when we saw it alongside the road in front of an Amish farm years ago, although we doubt if there were any takers.
But one constant view we rarely miss, regardless of the season, is the sunset, though at times the clouds obscure its bright view. Our lead photo was taken several days ago after Brooksyne saw me holding Sadie and watching the sunset through our picture window. As a family we often stop whatever we are doing and watch the sunset together. If the weather is warm enough we sit on the rocking chairs on our front porch. Ester especially has lots of sunset photos!
The daily Scripture is set to music that we often sang during the 70's & 80's when much of our congregational music was word for word Scripture. Perhaps you sing it even now and know it by memory: "From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same the Lord's name is to be praised". What an interesting way the Psalmist expresses the universal call to praise the name of the Lord directed to all people on this planet. We're reminded of this as we received the following note, in relation to our message yesterday about "The Ultimate Essential Oil", from a faithful Nigerian reader named Sunday: "AMEN. May God continually give us oil in our lamps to keep burning and shining His Light to a world filled with darkness. Thank you for this message Sir."
Elsewhere the Psalmist writes, "I will bless the Lord at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth" (Psalm 34:1), another great Psalm put to music.
This call is not limited geographically, for each region of planet earth experiences the rising and setting of the sun. (Now, some astute observer will probably point out that there are certain times of the year when the sun never sets at the Polar Regions!) This call is not limited to a specific time, for this event happens daily, and in fact is always happening somewhere. This call is not limited to a specific people, for all peoples on earth today live where the sun rises and sets.
We have many choices today. Some are relatively inconsequential, others are very important. The most important choice we make is to love and serve God. And one way we can do that is by joining millions of our redeemed brothers and sisters on this earth in praising the name of the Lord, at all times, in all circumstances, exalting His name above every name!
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, from the time we awaken to the time we lie down we declare that You are worthy to be praised! Your name is exalted far above the earth, Your worth much greater than jewels. Help us not to be people who use the same tongue for cursing and for praising. Instead we want to engage our mind, surrender our hearts and employ our tongue to praise You, our Lord and Father. Be glorified in our lives so that we bring praise and glory to You this day not only in word but also in deed. Amen.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"Psalm 90" Video Shane & Shane
"Psalm 34" Video Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir with Shane & Shane
"From The Rising Of The Sun" Video A local church singing the chorus very similar to what I recall!
"From The Rising Of The Sun" Video Maranatha singers
Follow-up to our squirrel saga. So far our slippery pole strategy is still working. Jeff, a longtime reader and mechanical engineer, suggested this fascinating video prepared by a mechanical engineer and his effort to control the squirrels in his backyard. "Building the Perfect Squirrel Proof Bird Feeder" Video (22 minutes) It's worth the watch!
Please note: Yesterday we shared a link to a video of a baptism testimony by a young lady with Down Syndrome. After sending the email I saw they revised the video and it didn't open at the right spot in the service. If you want to try again it's here. (This should be cued to the start of the testimony.) What happened yesterday? I had created the link from the live stream video the church initially posts, which includes about 15 minutes of announcements before the actual service starts. After I made the cued link they apparently revised this so that the video started at the beginning of the service which threw off the timing. If you have a family member with a disability or know someone else who does this video will touch you in a special way!
We usually show our sunset photos but we also have a sunrise view, it's just not as prominent from our place and comes up beyond our neighbor's back yard!
We had a blizzard about 25 years ago when we lived in New England. A young man helped me shovel excess snow from our church entry way and making a big pile. After the work we did some "Blizzard Jumping" that is, jumping off the roof into huge snow pile. Ester found this old photo of me jumping off the church roof.
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