The Magnificence of the Sun’s Course

“In [the heavens] he has set a tent for the sun,
    which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
    and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
    and its circuit to the end of them,
    and there is nothing hidden from its heat.” Psalm 19:4-6

“The Mighty One, God the Lord,
    speaks and summons the earth
    from the rising of the sun to its setting.
Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
    God shines forth.

 Our God comes; he does not keep silence;
    before him is a devouring fire,
    around him a mighty tempest.
He calls to the heavens above
    and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
‘Gather to me my faithful ones,
    who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!’
The heavens declare his righteousness,
    for God himself is judge!..

The world and its fullness are mine.” Psalm 50:1-6,12b

There’s much beauty and comfort in the regularity of each day. We know in the dark that it is coming, we order our lives by the rhythms of nature and 24-hour cycles. The earth’s spinning and sun’s course, majestic as they are, are often simply a dependable backdrop to our hectic lives.

But not so to God. Each hour is purposeful, each morning a brilliant reminder of His faithfulness and a gift of promise and hope, each course of the sun a display of His ordered, exquisite glory. If God is supernaturally orchestrating behind and above our scenes, His glorious will and providence encompass all we endeavor. As we get caught up in minutiae and the finite, we can trust His sovereignty in the magnificent and everlasting.

In the hum and frenzy of our earthly business, do we lift our heads to take note we are in God’s chamber? In the cacophony of opinion and persuasion, do we hear His clarion summons? When prospects appear bleak, or decisions are unjust, or ugly rudeness abounds, do we take time to marvel at God’s beauty?

Knowing that God’s panoptic view of our lives encompasses His glory and perfection, might we see each day differently? Not as mine, but His? How can I magnify His glory in my hours? How can I run my course with vigor and fruitfulness? (2 Timothy 4:7; Hebrews 12:1-2)

“God, all nature sings Thy glory, and Thy works proclaim Thy might;
Ordered vastness in the heavens, ordered course of day and night;
Beauty in the changing seasons, beauty in the storming sea;
All the changing moods of nature praise the changeless Trinity.

“Clearer still we see Thy hand in man whom Thou hast made for Thee;
Ruler of creation’s glory, image of Thy majesty.
Music, art, the fruitful garden, all the labor of his days,
Are the calling of his Maker to the harvest feast of praise.

God of glory, power, mercy, all creation praises Thee;
We, Thy creatures, would adore Thee now and through eternity.
Saved to magnify Thy goodness, grant us strength to do Thy will;
With our acts as with our voices Thy commandments to fulfill.” ~David Clowney (1960)

Mighty Creator, catch me up in Your eternal rhythms, and keep me marveling at Your overarching majesty. May all I do and say reflect Your beauty and divine glory.

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