1. The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2. Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
3. There is no speech nor language
Where their voice is not heard.
4. Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
5. Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
6. Its rising is from one end of heaven,
And its circuit to the other end;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
Analysis added for Sunday 24 July 2011
I love the beginning of this Psalm: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork”. I love the thought that the same heavens observed by everyone around the world declare His glory. This is like saying that everything in the heavens – the Sun, the moon, the sky, the stars,the planets, the darkness of night – all of this, testifies or pays witness to the power of God, His majesty, His splendour. And His creativity too, as this verse tells us that these same heavens, or firmament, shows His handiwork. All of these were created by His power, wisdom and skill. In fact, the sun and the heavens are so glorious that many people groups through history have worshipped them. But no, this Psalm reminds us that they actually bear witness to a greater power, the God who created them.
I love the fact that this is so universal. From country to country, and region to region the trees, the geography, the plants and animals will be different. However, the same heavens are available to be seen from land to land, and from continent to continent.
v2. Day unto day utters speech: These heavenly wonders “speak out” about the glory of God day after day; and “night unto night reveals knowledge” – and night after night they reveal knowledge about the power and glory of God.
v3. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard: Again, these heavenly wonders are visible to every people group, every language has a word for “the Sun, the moon, the sky, the stars”, these are known right through to the end of the earth.
v5. In the heavens God has set a tabernacle (tent) for the Sun, or created a home for it; that is He has given the sun a home there, He has established rules and order for the sun. And the sun does what it is supposed to do (it has not been given a free will!); the sun comes like a bridegroom out of his chamber – that is joyfully, energetically – and runs its race, or does its work, day after day. Now, we know that the earth orbits the sun, rather than the other way around, but from the perspective of the earth the sun is like a strong man energetically doing its work; it is not sluggish, it is not lazy; from the perspective of the earth the sun rises faithfully from “one end of heaven” and it sets faithfully at “the other end of heaven”, and it kisses everything on earth with its heat, giving light, and warmth and life itself.
And it was created to do all this by God Himself! God in His majesty designed one heavenly being to give light and life and heat and energy (apparently, all energy on earth ultimately derives from the sun!) – God is SO good! 😉
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