From Where I Sit #12

Posted: October 14, 2012 in Inspirational

I am up early this morning… this is rare for me. As I watch the sun rise over the Smokey Mountains, it occurs to me that today is Sunday. Any other day of the week, I am more likely to see the sunrise before I go to bed, rather than after I wake up (old musician’s hours, and all…), but not on Sunday. For the past fifteen years, or so, I have had the privilege of leading the church in worship on Sundays. That means 15 years of early morning rehearsals and getting up in time to not sound too much like a frog when I sing. The last three years, I added pastoring to my activities, which has meant even earlier Sunday mornings to put the finishing touches (or sometimes, the frantic first touches) on the message for that day. This all means that I have seen a lot of Sunday sunrises. Today is different, though. I am on vacation. I have been on vacation all week, and on no other day did I wake up this early. It seems that I must have some sort of internal, Sunday-only, alarm clock. That’s okay, I have time this morning to reflect on just what a tremendous honor it has been to spend the last decade and a half starting my Sundays alone with God and then getting the undeserved, and absolutely indescribable opportunity to lead God’s kids into an audience around His throne. History’s greatest worship leader must have been grappling to find the words to describe his feelings when he wrote things like: “better is one day in Your courts than a thousand elsewhere;” or, “I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord.” This morning, I sit by the fireplace in my cabin while someone else leads God’s people to His throne; but rest assured I’ll be back at it next week. I think I’ll let that great worshiper, David sum up my feelings: “My heart, O God, is steadfast; I will sing and make music with all my soul. Awake, harp and lyre! I will awaken the dawn. I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth.”  (Psalm 108:1-5)Image

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