The Verse of the Day for June 12, 2016 comes from Psalm 19:1-2 in the Amplified Bible:
[The Works and the Word of God.] [To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. ] The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and the expanse [of heaven] is declaring the work of His hands. Day after day pours forth speech, And night after night reveals knowledge.
The first chapter of Genesis opens with the bold declaration: “In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Verses 14-16 go on to relate other aspects of God’s creation by stating:
|Then God said, “Let there be light-bearers (sun, moon, stars) in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be useful for signs (tokens) [of God’s provident care], and for marking seasons, days, and years;
15 and let them be useful as lights in the expanse of the heavens to provide light on the earth”; and it was so, [just as He commanded].
16 God made the two great lights—the greater light (the sun) to rule the day, and the lesser light (the moon) to rule the night; He made the [galaxies of] stars also [that is, all the amazing wonders in the heavens].
Not only did God fashion the sun and the moon, but almost as if an aside, “He made the stars also . . . in their seemingly endless hosts of galaxies, but the Psalmist also reminds us “He tells the number of the stars; he calls them all by their names.” (Psalm 147:4)
By means of the technological advancements, such as the Hubble Telescope, we are now able to observe the heaven as never before, making the Word of God more alive than ever before. We are now able to see the glorious handiwork of God on glorious display to fulfill His purpose. The opening verses of Psalm 19 along with the parallel verses in Genesis 1 also bring to mind the awesome creative power of God poetically expressed in this way:
Signs and Seasons: A Sestina
Then God said, “Let there be lights
in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day
from the night; and let them be for signs,
and for seasons, and for days, and years;
And let them be for lights in the firmament
of the heavens to give light upon the earth”;
and it was so.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
Creator of the sun, moon and each star,
Emblazoned and christened and called by name,
Celestial bodies made for signs and seasons
When all the morning stars sang together
And all the sons of God shouted for joy.
A dirge descends to hush the shouts of joy:
Awesome lament in the presence of God.
All the angelic hosts strive together:
One third align with the first morning star;
Expelled to endure all earthly seasons,
Lucifer and those who defame God’s name.
All things work to give glory to His name.
After days of mourning come days of joy,
Feast days to celebrate for all seasons
That the earth might know the goodness of God.
Observe the thin crescent and morning star:
Venus and the moon kiss and rise together.
Righteousness and truth have come together
In Jesus Christ, name above every name,
Grand debut of the bright and morning star:
Source of every blessing and endless joy.
The heavenlies reveal the mind of God
Displayed in stars to guide for all seasons.
Seedtime and harvest, sequence of seasons,
Reaping and sowing both come together
To unfold before us the plan of God,
To give glory and honor to His name
When midnight shall give birth to dawning joy
To ascend with the bright and morning star.
The shofar’s call shall precede the day star.
Look up, observe the signs and the seasons:
Prelude to our measureless days of joy
When we all shall be gathered together;
Each knee shall bow; each tongue confess His name
Before the throne of the Almighty God.
Glory to God, who knows by heart each star.
We praise His name, now and for all seasons;
Together all creation shouts for joy.
Karen Clark Sheard offers a variation on the theme from Psalm 19:1-2 with her rendition of “The Heavens are telling.”