Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Two Moons and God's Glory

Tonight you will have a chance to see one of those "once in a lifetime" phenomenon displays in the heavens.  Mars will be passing closer to the earth (still lots of miles away) when our moon comes up, it will appear that we on planet earth have gained another, much smaller moon.  There are lots of stories about this event, so to satisfy your own thinking, see it for yourself. 

When I learned about the scheduled appearance of Mars and the moon it brought to mind a couple of the Psalms that have been familiar for a long time.

The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;

    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.  
Psalm 19:1-4

God wants us to know, through his creation, who he is.  While using words like declare, proclaim, speech and knowledge, in describing the transmission of God's glory, his work and his revelation, the Psalmist next tells us they have no speech and no sound is heard from them. Yet God's creation keeps on declaring and proclaiming his power through the soundless words to the ends of the world. 

Tonight when you see Mars and the moon so close and in the same sky, the heavens are declaring his glory. 

Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.” 
Psalm 46:8-10
This Psalm lets me know how busy God must be. We are actually invited to come and take a look at all he has done and is doing.  "Busy" is something we can understand.  We have our schedules and deadlines.  We have appointments and jobs and kids.  There are dental appointments, grocery shopping and school plays.  God understands that, but he also wants us to take the time to "Be still, and know that I am God."  Letting God be God is one of the best decisions we can make. 


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