We applaud pleasant weather. We smile. We leave our coats inside. The average temperature in West Central Minnesota on this date is 23 degrees F. The record high for this day is 50. The air today was slightly warmer than 50 degrees-probably a new record. Why do we West Central Minnesotans celebrate on mild, warm days? Perhaps the record low for this day will explain with frigid clarity. On this day in 1979 the air temperature was -31 F. Let’s do the math; that’s at least 81 degrees… colder. Yes, we could likely add the wind was blowing too. You see? Today is a day for celebration. There were even pools of water and little rivulets of water headed downhill. Yes, it was an incredibly first-rate day. The sun rose at 7:23 AM. It set 10 hours and 29 minutes later at 5:53 PM. While we reflect on how fine this day was it would be very appropriate to share the words from Psalm 113:3. They read, From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. Did you praise God today? From sunrise to sunset? I did not. I took this gift for granted. There are many times in our lives when we take gifts for granted, especially those from God. No need for either of us to feel guilty. He loves us. He gives good gifts even if and when we are ungrateful. He knows we forget to be thankful. But we have remembered now. But there is another reason to praise God. This one fills me with awe. God is sovereign; over all. In Isaiah, God explains in His words: I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting, people may know there is none besides me. I am the Lord, and there is no other. I form the light and create darkness, I bring prosperity and create disaster; I, the Lord, do all these things.
Why would we praise the Lord from sunrise to sunset? Don’t we have better things to do? We are busy with doing and going. Why praise? Well, can you form light? Can either of us make the sun rise…or set? Can you create a darkness that covers the earth? Thought so, neither can I. There is no other God. Before your head touches the pillow tonight, praise the name of the Lord with me.