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Monday, November 6, 2023

Silver-lined cloud (Wanda Deiter)
A silver-lined cloud
(Photo by Wanda Deiter)

"Faithfulness To The Clouds"

Message summary: Today we encourage each reader in the midst of this world's increasing turmoil, especially in the land of the Bible, to reflect on this glorious truth exclaimed by a Jewish shepherd some 3000 years ago which has not changed, "Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds".

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"Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds"  (Psalm 36:5).

Your steadfast love
Extends to the heavens
Your faithfulness
Reaches to the clouds
Your righteousness
Is like majestic mountains
And Your wisdom
Like the depths of the sea
And You come to me

Skylight cloudsLast week I was visiting several employees in an office area and looked up and saw what appeared to be a skylight revealing the fluffy, white clouds above. Well, I knew that couldn't be since there was another floor above. Turns out it was a piece of acrylic that fit under an overhead light which gave the appearance of a skylight. It brought the bright, spacious outside sky into a windowless room (even if it was only a photo)! 

The employee, Wanda, shared how she really enjoys seeing the clouds and shared with me the photo she had taken which we use as our lead photo today. Having a skylight over her desk brightens her day.

Today's text is found three times in the Psalms (also in 57:10 and 108:4). Clouds are an example of the universal and timeless illustrations used in the Bible. Generations in nearly all geographical locations have seen clouds at some time, although some more than others. However desert regions like the central Sahara rarely have a cloud. Where we live we can see clouds of some type about every day, even on a clear day.

In Psalm 36:1-4 David considers man's wickedness and then contrasts it with God's steadfast love and faithfulness in verse 5.

Psalm 36:5There are no greater heights that man can imagine than the vast heavens above. In Psalm 19:1 David writes, "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork". The great canopy of the celestial heavens and the vast sweep of the clouds above is the greatest element that David can use when contrasting the unsurpassed righteousness of God with the wickedness of evil men.*

David exposes the unbridgeable gulf between man's wickedness, which is voiced in the first few verses of this psalm, and God's unsurpassed love and faithfulness, recorded in this second section which begins, "Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds".

Not only is God's love steadfast but His faithfulness is also without end. David describes this as extending to the clouds. God never fails to provide for His human creation. He is faithful to keep every promise He makes (Proverbs 30:5).

Today we encourage each reader in the midst of this world's increasing turmoil, especially in the land of the Bible, to reflect on this glorious truth exclaimed by a Jewish shepherd some 3000 years ago which has not changed, "Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness to the clouds".

Be encouraged today, (Hebrews 3:13)

Stephen & Brooksyne Weber

Praying man Daily prayer: O Lord, Your love reaches to the heavens, and Your faithfulness to the skies. In contrast to those who plot evil on their beds Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, Your justice like the great deep. You, Lord, preserve both people and animals. How priceless is Your unfailing love, O God! People take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They feast on the abundance of Your house; You give them drink from Your river of delights. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light. May others see Your light through us in our deeds, attitudes, and words. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

(Psalm 36 adapted)

 Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources

"Your Steadfast Love"  Watch on Youtube      Don Moen

"The Steadfast Love Of The Lord"  Watch on Youtube Maranatha Singers

"I've Witnessed It"   Watch on Youtube  Passion & Melodie Malone

Iíve witnessed Your faithfulness
Iíve seen You breathe life within
So Iíll pour out my praise again
Youíre worthy
God Youíre worthy of all of it

* Source Knowing-Jesus.com

For the curious the clouds skylight cover the employee had above her desk is available here.

Sunset walk
Brooksyne walking Mollie & Falcon the last day of 2023 Daylight Savings Time.
Click on photo to enlarge

This is Walk #2 since she already walked Sadie and Rosie in Walk #1. She says it's much easier to walk two dogs than four and it gets her more steps. (I know some of you are thinking: why don't I walk the other two?) Like many couples we prioritize what chores we are better at or which we prefer and this is one chore that I don't prefer, though I enjoy taking Rosie and Falcon, our two maltipoos, for bike rides in warmer weather.

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