Morning Glories

morning gloryI am an early riser. If you ask my family they will surely testify to that fact. I love so many things about the first light of day. I love to watch the golden light of dawn chase the darkness away. The first song of the birds in the morning seems sweeter. One of my favorite flowers is the ‘Morning Glory’. This beautiful flower opens it’s delicate blossom to the early rays of the sun. It greets the dawn and gloriously displays God’s design and artistry. It closes as the heat of noonday approaches. If you want to see this intricate part of God’s creation, you need get up early.

There is a humorous saying describing how people approach the morning. Some joyfully say, “Good morning, Lord”, while others begrudgingly say, “Good Lord, it’s morning !”  I greet the Lord and the morning with delight. I revel in the following ‘Morning Glories’:

Glory of Morning Light – At the dawn of creation, “darkness was on the face of the deep. And God said, Let there be light and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:2-4).The words of a contemporary song resonate with me each morning: “He wraps Himself in light, and darkness tries to hide and trembles at His voice, trembles at His voice. How great is our God!”

Glory of Creation – “The heavens declare the glory of God; the firmament sheweth His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).

Glory of His Presence – I rejoice each morning in knowing He is with me. “… for He hath said, ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee’” (Hebrews 13:5). He also said, “…and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20b).

Glory of Redemption“In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace;” (Ephesians 1:7).

Glory of a Fresh New Day – “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:23,24).

My heart sings in the morning to the glory of God:

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love.
Hearts unfold like flowers before Thee, opening to the sun above.
Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; drive the dark of doubt away.
Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day!

All Thy works with joy surround Thee, earth and heaven reflect Thy rays,
Stars and angels sing around Thee, center of unbroken praise.
Field and forest, vale and mountain, flowery meadow, flashing sea,
Chanting bird and flowing fountain, call us to rejoice in Thee.

~ Brother Roy

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