From the Rising of the Sun | Psalm 113:1-3
Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, you his servants; praise the name of the LORD. Let the name of the LORD be praised, both now and forevermore. From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised.
Praise starts with the basics. Praise begins with those things that God gives to us each and every day. Praise continues as we watch for Godís work around us from the rising to the setting of the sun. There is an old book called Valley of Vision that contains a collection of Puritan prayers. Here is a prayer to remind us that everything around us provokes praise. Let this prayer be yours.
I thank thee for the temporal blessings of this worldó
the refreshing air,Things animate, things inanimate ministry to my comfort.
the light of the sun,
the food that renews strength,
the raiment that clothes,
the dwelling that shelters,
the sleep that gives rest,
the starry canopy of night,
the flowersí sweetness,
the music of flowing streams,
the happy endearments of family, kindred, friends.
My cup runs over.
Suffer me not to be insensible to these daily mercies.
Thy hand bestows blessings: thy power averts evil.
I bring my tribute of thanks for spiritual graces,
the full warmth of faith,the cheering presence of thy Spirit,
the strength of thy restraining will,
the spiking of hellís artillery.
Blessed be my sovereign Lord!
-Valley of Vision, p. 121
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