FROM MORNING TILL EVENING
by Wayne S. Walker
“From the rising of the sun to its going down the LORD’s name is to be praised” (Psalm 113:3). Because He is the Creator and especially because He is our Savior, the name of the Lord is to be praised. But when? Yes, we should certainly praise His name when we assemble together with the church for worship. However, our praise should not be limited to such times. Every day, “from the rising of the sun to its going down,” we should praise God.
“The rising of the sun” suggests the morning. Granted, some are more ready to wake up when the alarm goes off in the morning than others, but one of the first things we should do as we arise is to praise God for watching over us during the night and allowing us to see the dawn of a new day. “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great the sum of the! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You” (Psalm 139:17-18).
The “going down” of the sun suggests evening, but that which happens between morning and evening is what John Ellerton called “Our day of praise.” Every day we receive wonderfully good blessings and mercies from the Lord, for which we ought to praise Him. Even the bad things that happen He allows for a purpose, and we can praise Him for His comfort and strength to bear our burdens through the day. “Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day” (Psalm 25:5).
Then as the sun experiences “its going down,” we can praise God for His guidance, protection, and provision during the day and for the opportunity to rest at night. “It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; for so He gives His beloved sleep” (Psalm 127:2). Rather than sitting around anxious all day, rising up early to stew about our sorrows until late at night, we should cast all our cares on the Lord, focus our minds upon His gracious benefits, and do what we can to praise Him from morning till evening.