Sunrise, Sunset

Look only to the Son for your hope.

Psalm 133:3 – From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised!

On the last day of the Constitutional Convention, James Madison wrote in his notes: “Whilst the last members were signing [the Constitution], Doctor [Benjamin] Franklin, looking towards the President’s Chair, at the back of which a rising sun happened to be painted, observed to a few members near him that the painters had found it difficult to distinguish in their art a rising from a setting sun. I have, said he, often and often in the course of the Session, found the vicissitudes of my hopes and fears as to its issue, looked at that behind the President, without being able to tell whether it was rising or setting. But now at length I have the happiness to know that it is a rising and not a setting sun.”

Like the other founders, Madison was filled with hope for the new nation of America. He felt confident that the Constitution that had been drafted would carry the country far into the future—with the same liberty and justice for all that had been set in the Declaration of Independence some eleven years earlier to which they had pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.

Depending on whom you ask today, the United States is either looking into a bright hope of the sunrise or the gloom of night after the sunset. The voters will decide.  The Bible says that, whichever you are looking at, sunrise or sunset, keep your eyes on the Lord. Praise Him, for He is all your hope and stay, and, whatever the outcome, He will continue to be with you.

Pray With Us

Heavenly Father, place a song on my lips in the mornings when I rise up that will be a song of praise to You. And again, when I retire in the night, may I be quick to praise You.  Thank You that I can know, whatever the election outcome might be in a few months, that I am strengthened by You, helped by You, and held up by Your righteous right hand (Isaiah 41:10). Let your praises forever be on my lips, for I love You, Lord,


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