Due to some bronchitis medication side effects, I have had the privilege of waking at 4:30 a.m. several mornings over the last few weeks. At first, I was not impressed with the side effects. They hindered my success in staying asleep for my preferred eight straight hours.
As I would become wide-eyed at that unfavorable hour, I realized how much time I could have with the Lord that early before Rob and David would awaken to the day and so, I would get up, make coffee, grab a stunned Beans for her morning potty run, and quickly settle in on the sofa for time in the Word and prayer.
One morning last week, I decided to just go outside for a few minutes and stare up at the sky that was still dark but illuminated with twinkling diamonds. In doing so, it stirred in me the recollection of the verses from Psalm 19:1-6 (ESV) that say,
“The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them 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.”
At some point this week, Ann encourages you to do the same. Get outside and gaze at the heavens (you can do that late at night or early before the dawn). Go for it.
Get outside and consider the Creator (Elohim) as you gaze at His creation. Consider His Bright Morning Star, Jesus and offer Him a prayer of praise and thanksgiving.
I have a song for you today. Sandi Patty’s The Majesty and Glory of Your Name. Click here to listen. Lyrics are taken from Psalm 8.