From Pastor’s Desk: 10-27-13
Malachi 4:2 (NIV) …for you who revere my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go out and leap like calves released from the stall.
To me, there is nothing more beautiful than a multiply hued sunrise. As the sun “comes up” over the mountains, I have many times thought, “Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus.” There seemed have to been an air of expectancy, even anticipation, as the whole world awaited its appearance. Before the day brought all its dread upon me, as events naturally unfolded, some good, some bad, there was a calm, exonerating sense of peace.
For those who revere His name, the sun of righteousness has that same affect. As a calm, peaceful sunrise can set up the day for us, so can the sun of righteousness. If we revere His name, we will strive to walk in the rays of righteousness, thus enabling us to with the sense of calmness throughout the day.
Being raised on a farm, I remember well watching young calves frolicking in an open area after they had been penned up for some time. Quite an expression of freedom! Revering His name will effect that same expression in us.
By the way, it is a choice whether we revere Him or not. May we make the right, wise choice to recognize His sovereignty, majesty, and all attributes ascribed to Him, and genuinely, from the depths of our being, revere His glorious name. Along with King David, let us cry, “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name” (Psalm 103:1).