Rhythm

God lives in a constant moment called eternity.
We live in a constant flow of moments called time. One of His greatest gifts to us is rhythm. Just as a piece of music is formed by small units of time called measures which are equal groups of pulses called beats, life consists of small units of time called hours, days, weeks and years.

A music teacher once said, “In the beginning was rhythm.” He was right. The rhythm of the creation story is obvious—day and night, day and night. The universe God made is filled with rhythm:

  • the daily rotation of the earth,
  • the orbit of the moon around the earth, and
  • the movement of the earth and her sister planets around the sun.
  • Perhaps the ever expanding universe is moving to a beat too large for the devices of man to detect.

There is grace in the rhythm of life.

  • Every twenty-four hours the dawn brings another song for us to sing.
  • Every seven days, we have another “First Day of the Week” set apart to sing the praises of a resurrected Jesus.
  • Every twelve months, with hearts full of anticipation, we count down the seconds to a whole new symphony we get to play, one with 365 measures from introduction to finale.

The surging, shining symphony will not be boring.

  • Some of the measures will be fun and filled with light.
  • Others will be dark as the beating of the heart measures deep sorrow.
  • Some will be like a stormy night as slashes of fear, like lightning, reveal the agony of the trees tossed about by wind and rain.
  • Other days will shine as an inner light rises from deep within us to meet the warm sun above. We live and move and have out being in the congruence of the light shining within and the One Light shining all around.

We can sing each section of the piece with confidence that day will follow night in the rhythm the God of eternity has composed.

On Saturdays we rest in preparation for the Lord’s Day. In other words, The Lord’s Day governs our time, calling the tune and setting the tempo.

Scriptures:
Genesis 1:3-5

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.
Psalm 42:8
By day the LORD directs his love, at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life.

Prayer:
Lord Jesus, sing your song to me today. Throughout the day I will listen to the “music of the spheres,” the songs of my companions, the sweet singing of the Spirit, and I will consider deeply the lyrics You have written to the music all around me. I will summon my strength for the joyful sacrifices of praise this day will afford me. I will set no unholy thing before my eyes today. Cleanse my thoughts from sin, my heart from fear and my soul from tension. Today I will seek the “Showers of Blessing” so that tomorrow I may be a blessing to you and to others. In Your Lovely Name, Amen.

Song:
Every Day with Jesus

Traditional Chorus
Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.
Every day with Jesus I love Him more and more.
Jesus saves and keeps me. He’s the One I’m waiting for!
Every day with Jesus is sweeter than the day before.

Semper Reformanda!
Stephen Phifer

© 2016 Stephen R. Phifer All Rights Reserved

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