The Sun

In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.

Psalm 19.4b-6

What a beautiful piece of poetic writing extoling one of the glories of God displayed in the heavens!

The word sun occurs substantially more than 100 times in the OT and one of the exciting references in Malachi 4.2 clearly makes a link with Jesus.

But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness  shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.

Do you wake up on a glorious sun filled morning, perhaps early enough to see it rise and warm the earth, and find yourself wanting to ‘leap like calves from the stall’? Perhaps not, but you get the picture!

The sun the source of light, which drives away darkness. The sun which is the source of warmth and energy for our world. A heavenly body so massive and powerful as to totally awe us and is way beyond anything that a man can produce. And is it not in all those aspects somehow a picture of the Lord Jesus himself, who must have a glory even greater than the sun for he with his Father and the Spirit is its creator.

Further we read in Revelation 22.5 that Heaven ‘will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the Sun for the Lord God will give them light.’ And in John 1.4 of Jesus ‘In him was life and that life was the light of men.’ (emphasis mine).

So looking at the heavens which declare the glory of God and in. particular at the sun, reflect this morning, and every day, on the one to whom it ultimately points,

The Lord Jesus Christ the Saviour and Light of the world.

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