I have no idea whose crazy idea this was, but my wife and I are taking these early morning walks. With Kula in tow (that’s our Golden Retriever who is so excited she can’t stand it) we set out way before the sunrise to get in a little 30 minutes of exercise to start the day. And what a start it is being jolted out of bed with that initial shock that it’s ‘that time already’ and not really coming too until about a block away from the house. A few days ago I had to look down to make sure I remembered to put my on running shorts because I honestly had no recollection of getting dressed. (Now there was a time I actually did forget my pants, but that’s a whole other story!). Anyway, there we were walking along this morning and right ahead of us in the early morning sky was a full, beautiful, bright, majestic moon. It was like a well-placed nightlight that was not overpowering but gave a greater light to walk by.
As we chatted about our upcoming day I kept glancing back up at the moon nestled in and amongst some scattered morning clouds. It was breathtaking. This big white light adorning the sky, this creation of God to give us light at night (see Genesis 1), I was in awe, and this verse came to mind:
Psalm 19:1-2 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 display knowledge.
That moon was speaking out about its Creator, revealing His power, His attributes, His qualities (see Romans 1:20). King David had a similar experience and wrote this Psalm:
Psalm 8:1-9 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise because of Your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of Your hands; You put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!
As I beheld God’s handiwork, I could not help but think of how big and awesome and majestic God is and that He put the moon and the stars into place…even the sun. By the way, have you seen the amazing sunsets these past few days around here? WOW!
I join the psalmist and if the moon and sun could cry out they would say this too:
Psalm 113:1-9 Praise the LORD. Praise, O servants of the LORD, praise the name of the LORD. Let the name of the LORD be praised, both now and forevermore. From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the LORD is to be praised. The LORD is exalted over all the nations, His glory above the heavens. Who is like the LORD our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; He seats them with princes, with the princes of their people. He settles the barren woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD.
That’s what the sky said to me this morning.
Seeking God’s Glory with you,