[Sunrise After The Storm, 2016]
Psalm 92: A Song for the Sabbath Day.
1 It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; 2 To declare Your loving-kindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night, 3 On an instrument of ten strings, On the lute, And on the harp, With harmonious sound.
Yesterday was one of the absolute laziest days I have spent in recent memory. If I had been smarter I would have rented a snowmobile or a dog sled or something and gone to where the photos were for there were many "out there" just waiting to be taken. This morning is the Christian Sabbath, the Lord's day, a day of rest... but not a day of laziness and the rising sun spreading its rays across the pure white snow calls us to praise.
Our church is closed today for corporate worship but that doesn't mean united hearts cannot sing complementary praise though separated from immediate company. It is the high privilege and duty of God's people to praise Him every morning and to declare His loving-kindness (His covenant faithfulness to bless His people) throughout the week. How much more, having been reminded of His awesome power through the howling blizzard, to praise Him for preservation and hope.
O Lord, thank you for bringing us through this storm. We are mindful of how easily the beautiful whiteness could be marred by the charred frame of a burned out house had an electrical short ignited one. We remember how a medical emergency might have claimed our lives because the EMT's were delayed. We think of how a overloaded tree branch could have ruined our roofs. Lord thank you for the blessings you have extended to us.
But Lord, we know that others were at risk... we know that lives were threatened on our highways... we pray for those, especially of your people, who this morning are fearing what today may bring. We pray for those, especially your people, who are shivering in the cold, for whom the snow holds no allure. We pray for those in our military, exampled by those guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, who shoulder arms and brave the temperature and do their duty. We pray, Lord of the Sabbath, for a true Sabbath rest... a relieving of our anxiety, a calming assurance that you have not forgotten us, that you not only will save us unto eternity but that you will save us in these times.
On many instruments, Lord Jesus, your songs can be sung this morning, not just the ten stringed harp. The Hallelujah Chorus can fill in though human mouths are not able to rise to the perfection with which your praise is proclaimed.... accept the intentions of our hearts, the sincerity to which we can rise, as our honest endeavor to join the angels in doxology.
God our Father, Christ our Lord and Savior, and Holy Spirit our Comforter, give us this day, rest for our souls and energy for our bodies. Keep your mercies ever in the forefront of our thoughts and showing mercy as the goal of our efforts. Grant us, Triune God, Holy, Holy, Holy in all Your Person, that we may embrace with joy, today, that You are our God and we are Your People, with all that entails...
And give us peace...
Through the privilege granted us in the Lord Jesus Christ