We recently went to see a play in which our friends were performing. It was a neat opportunity to take a couple of the children— to spend some time with them and to experience that evening/event together.
One of the songs that was sung in the play, Annie Get Your Gun, was the Irving Berlin song, “I Got the Sun in the Morning.” Since that evening, I’ve been humming or singing that song many, many times. ♪ “…I got the sun in the morning and the moon at night, I got the sun in the morning and the moooooon… at night!” ♫ And though I often see the faces of the players and in the theatre of my mind the performance replays — more and more I’m humming the song and I’m thinking of the Word — words in the Bible that convey timeless truths and reality of the presence and creation of God.
You know, I love the light of the moon — I watch the cycles of the moon… waxing and waning, waning and waxing. I see the moon and smile knowing that wherever my children are in the world, when I see the moon, I know they’re seeing the same moon. The same sun that warms them and gives them light by day — I see. The moon that rises and gives them light by night — I see and know that they’re seeing the same moon I’m seeing. It’s connectedness and though the darkness might feel thick all around me — the moon gives light by night. I think of the glory of the LORD… and verses that say:
“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained…” Psalm 8.3
“They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.” Psalm 72.5
“In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.” Psalm 72.7
“Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.” Ps 81.3
“It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven.” Psalm 89.37
“He appointed the moon for seasons: the sun knoweth his going down.” Psalm 104.19
“The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.” Psalm 121.6
“The moon and stars to rule by night: for his mercy endureth for ever.” Psalm 136.9
“Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.” Psalm 148.3
God’s glory and magnificent design, His mercy truly endures forever. I stand in awe of the LORD and echo the words… what is man that Thou art mindful of him… what is man that Thou would visit him. The LORD is great and greatly to be praised. In a day where the creation is worshipped more than the Creator, I want to be careful to praise the LORD for the creation and not to worship what He’s made and provided. We have clear teaching in the Bible that even the creation is commanded to praise the LORD: “Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.” Psalm 148.3 The world and religions of the world live contrary to the Word of God and neither know nor live the promises of God. The Word powerfully described the world’s worship of idols — the creation of men’s hands; and there is no power, no hope, no salvation in them or for them until they turn from them and to the Truth.
Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake. Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased. Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not: They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not: They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat. They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.” Psalm 115.1-8