From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD's name is to be
praised (Psalms 113:3).
There is a part of our lives that we daily depend on. It
is a part that is always there, it is acknowledged and though we do not constantly think
about it, we remain aware of its presence; and we would miss it if it were suddenly gone.
It is the sun. We know each day that it will rise, and we know each day that it will set.
We see it as something we can depend on and really do not consider the possibility that we
may wake up one day and there no longer be a sun. The sun just is.
Few things are dependable in this life, and fewer are never changing. If there is one
thing we can depend on is that things will change. But God is constant. Our Lord is even
more faithful than the sun. When we wake in the morning, He is there. And when we go to
bed at night, He is still there. He watches over us when we go through our day, and He
watches over us while we sleep. As Christians, we often go through our days not really
thinking about him, but all the while we are aware that He is there, and we do not
consider the possibility that we could ever wake up one day and find Him gone. For He
would never leave us or forsake us, and that not because of our faithfulness, but because
Consider now the praise of God. What is it? What does it mean to praise Him? Is praise
done through song and worship at church? Is it in doing all things as unto the Lord--no
matter what we do, doing it as though our purpose is to bring God glory in it? Certainly
all of this is praise, but to what extent do we praise? Do we truly give thought to Him
throughout the day--pausing for moments here and there to give Him thanks? Do we take time
to express praise to Him with a song on the way to work, or with a silent prayer in a
moment of quiet? Or do we start our day with prayer and Bible reading, then do our work
and somehow hope that God will extract something out of that which might be considered as
praise in that it was our best efforts? But what is praise through hard work and good
living, if we do not acknowledged God in word or thought, in prayer or in song?
If we really want to show someone appreciation, we do not go through our day as usual and
determine in our hearts that "today, I will do everything I normally do, but it will
be as unto" so and so. Sure, we can do that, but what is it if we don't let them know
it is as unto them? When we praise someone, we generally verbalize it, and might even go
out of our way to let them know how much we appreciate what they have done. We do not
expect them to read our minds to find out how much we are grateful for their efforts.
Now, we know that God knows our thoughts, nevertheless, it is important for us to
demonstrate our appreciation toward Him. He is faithful and at work in our lives. He has
our best interests at heart. It should be natural for us to take notice of His work and
natural for us to express gratitude throughout our day for what He has done and is doing.
We should make the effort to develop an "attitude of gratitude" and thank Him
and praise Him in word and deed each day. Look at the sun today and each time you see it,
remember God and His goodness. And as long as the sun is in the sky, so let our praises
also be lifted up to the glory of our heavenly Lord--"From the rising of the sun unto
the going down of the same".