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1440 Minutes

From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised. Psalms 113:3 NIV

Each day our earth is in motion. In the morning, we see the sun, then by rotation to the moon, and then back to the sun. Every 24 hours, we experience this cycle. At the same time, the earth travels on a journey around our star, a trip that takes 365.25 days. This motion is nothing we control. It is an action God set in place at the beginning of time and will continue until the end.

What we do control is how we spend our days. What we choose to do with those 1440 minutes daily is up to us. Today's verse says we are to praise the Lord–every day, not just 60 minutes on Sunday morning when we feel like going. It is having a permanent sense of worshipfulness. Being thankful at all times and in all situations for the grace of God we are given.

This praise is not meant to be a burden or obligation but for our benefit. We do it not because it is expected but out of our love for God. In praising God, we feel his presence at all times, making it easier to stand against temptation in those 1440 minutes of the day. In addition, as different challenges arise, it is easier for us to respond godly because we are experiencing his presence.

Mighty God who created the heavens and earth and divided night and day, we give you praise. You set all this into motion and created us in your image to worship. We acknowledge we need to praise you but confess that often we fall short. Forgive us; we earnestly and humbly pray. Rekindle our desire for your presence in our lives from the rising to the setting of the sun. In Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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