The sun has finally arrived in Alsace! There were more clouds and rain than usual this year. We even had our heat on through April! Now, we have the windows open. We are finally enjoying eating on the balcony. Being so far north, we enjoy the sun all the way up to ten o’clock!
There is something about sunshine that improves my mood. Science collaborates this idea. Sunshine affects our brains by increasing the production of serotonin, a hormone connected with feelings of happiness.
Our verse for today describes the Lord as our Sun. His sunshine is in the form of grace, favor and mercy. There is no danger of getting too much of His sunshine or looking directly at Him! His love warms us and makes us grow. Like sunshine, He improves my mood too!
Everything He does for me is grace. I do not deserve His kindness and favor. His mercy is incredible when I think of my guilt. He thankfully does not deal with me according to my sin (Psalm 103:10). He does not withhold good from me. In His wisdom He gives exactly what is needed. I can trust Him with what He gives and what He does not give.
I do not always walk uprightly. When I am living in rebellion, it is like a cloud has moved over the sun. His love is still there, but I have blocked its warmth and I cannot enjoy His blessings. But repentance breaks up the clouds and His grace, favor and mercy shine through once again! Thank you, Lord, for being the sunshine of my soul!