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

The sun is an astonishing part of creation! It lights and warms the planet on which God has placed us and the whole system of which we are a part revolves around it. Without the sun we simply would not exist and David, without having the incredible understanding of the Solar System which we have, notes in poetic form, his awe and wonder as he reflects on the fact that all of creation is under God’s control and is ordered by him.

The heavens are the tent, the dwelling place of the sun, which is glorious as a bridegroom and like a champion athlete. Also as we noted yesterday the heavens point us to the greatness of God if we have eyes to see and ears to hear.

This morning the sun rose as normal in the east and as I write the temperature is rising as the sun get higher in the sky and its light highlights the world around. Even when it is cloudy and overcast the sun continues to effectively provide for mankind all that is needed for physical life and existence. And yet, and yet, I take it for granted! I do not stop and marvel or indeed pause to thank God for this life-giving provision.

This prompts me to consider whether I take God for granted!

It is too easy to forget that ‘in him we live and move and have our being.’ Acts 17.28

But there is more. For not only is this true in the physical sense but it is ‘In Christ alone’ that our hope is found and if he is not our hope, through his death and resurrection then we are in a position just as serious as if the sun stopped providing warmth and light.

So let us extol our God as David did and never forget to give him all the glory.

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