June 2, 2008 Ration

Psalm 19:5b-6

“[The sun] rejoices as a strong man to run his course. Its rising is from one end of the heavens, and its circuit to the other end of them; and there is nothing hidden from its heat.”

The sun rejoices to run his course. The sun sees the course set before him, it is from one far end of the heavens to the other, and the sun rejoices, as does a strong man. He does not complain when the clouds come between him and the land. He does not give up when his light and heat are not appreciated. He is not tardy for the morning rise. No, the sun is faithful to his charge and rejoices to run his course.

Do you rejoice like the sun to run your course, artist? The Lord made the sun and gave it a course to run, and he runs it like a strong man. The Lord made you and gave you a course to run, and you run it like a…, what? Are you rejoicing as you run? The question is not: “Are you rejoicing in the course you have?” The question is this: “Are you rejoicing as you run it?”

Every day that the sun runs his course there are clouds somewhere covering his appearance in the day’s sky, but he does not stop shining. His course is not only to shine forth light, it is also to put forth heat. Clouds may filter out some of his light and intercept some of his heat, but even the clouds themselves owe their existence to the heat of the sun. The sun has an indispensable course to run, and he burns a great deal of energy to do it, but the sun does not complain, he rejoices to run his course.

Artists, learn from the sun how to rejoice in your run! God has given you your course as well, and He will supply you with the strength needed to run it. Do not be jealous when clouds steal your thunder, they have their charge and course too; run your course like the rejoicing sun! Do not be tempted to quit when your labors are not appreciated by all; run your course like the rejoicing sun! Do not be slothful in your stride while seasons of night know not your light; run your course like the rejoicing sun!

You have a course that you must run and you have One to whom you will answer for your running. Fear not, the One who bids is also the One who supplies, so rejoice, you are a very strong man, no matter your weaknesses, if you draw your strength from God in your running. The joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10)! And be discerning, you may be in despair in your course because you are really running after your own bidding, and not the Lord’s. No wonder you are weak, you have no supplies outside of what God gives you, and God will not waste His supplies on your own selfish artistic endeavors. You have an indispensable course to run in the body of Christ, so get about running it!

Artists, like the sun, like a strong man, rejoice in running the course God has given you in the arts. In the Lord’s wisdom He has given it to you with all its hills, valleys, faults, and plains. Every terrain works for your good as it reveals another corner of the grand genius of God. So take the exhortation from James (1:2) to “consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials,” and rejoice to run your artistic course. Learn from the sun.

Though many may not see your light,
Your heat warms all who hear your fight.

Jason Harms


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