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Heavens proclaim the glory of God: countless stars

June 12, 2018

The Verse of the Day for June 12, 2018 makes known the glory of God displayed in the heavens above:
Psalm 19:1-2 (New Living Translation)

[Psalm 19] [For the choir director: A psalm of David.] The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.

This passage brings to mind the first chapter of Genesis with its bold declaration: “In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Verse 16 goes on to relate other aspects of God’s creation by stating:

And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.”

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)

Have you ever asked, “How many stars are there in the universe?” According to Elizabeth Howell writing in space.com, “. . . Scientists offer a rough estimate of 10 trillion galaxies in the universe. Multiplying that by the Milky Way’s estimated 100 billion stars results in a large number indeed: 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars, or a “1” with 24 zeros after it.” That number is likely a gross underestimation, as more detailed looks at the universe will show even more galaxies, revealing countless stars.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Sun is but one of about 200 billion stars just in the Milky Way galaxy alone. Altogether, astronomers have found more than 500 solar systems and are discovering new ones every year. Given how many they have found in our own neighborhood of the Milky Way galaxy, scientists estimate that there may be tens of billions of solar systems in our galaxy, perhaps even as many as 100 billion, indicating hundreds of billions of stars in the universe.

By means of the technological advancements, such as the Hubble Telescope, we are also able to observe the heaven as never before, making the Word of God more alive than ever. We are now able to see the glorious handiwork of God on glorious display. The opening verses of Psalm 19 also bring to mind the awesome creative power of God:

This photo taken from the Hubble Telescope displays some of the “galaxies of countless stars.”

“. . . He Made the Stars Also”
Genesis 1:16

Seventy thousand million million million stars
Ten times more than grains of sand that cover the earth;
Galaxies that span far beyond Saturn and Mars:
Each star formed and fashioned and called by name at birth.

Ten times more than grains of sand that cover the earth;
Sparkling the night with lights, God made the stars also.
Each star formed and fashioned and called by name at birth.
The heavens declare God’s glory that men might know.

Sparkling the night with lights, God made the stars also:
Witness to Abraham of what was yet to be.
The heavens declare God’s glory that men might know.
As the stars and grains of sand, so shall your seed be.

All creation unified by a single bond.
Galaxies that span far beyond Saturn and Mars
Express the breadth of God’s love, reaching far beyond
Seventy thousand million million million stars.

Karen Clark Sheard offers a variation on the theme from Psalm 19:1-2 with her magnificent rendition of “The Heavens are telling.”

He made the stars also

February 19, 2018

Genesis 1--16

The first chapter of Genesis opens with the bold declaration: “In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The Verse of the Day for February 19, 2018 on the Logos Bible software homepage goes on to relate other aspects of God’s creation by stating:

Genesis 1:16:

And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.”

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. The Psalmist goes on to remind us: “He tells the number of the stars; he calls them all by their names.” (Psalm 147:4)

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Sun is but one of about 200 billion stars just in the Milky Way galaxy alone. Altogether, astronomers have found more than 500 solar systems and are discovering new ones every year. Given how many they have found in our own neighborhood of the Milky Way galaxy, scientists estimate that there may be tens of billions of solar systems in our galaxy, perhaps even as many as 100 billion, indicating hundreds of billions of stars in the universe.

The Verse of the Day also brings to mind Psalm 19:1-2 9 (Revised Standard Version):

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge

In addition, these verses bring to mind the fact that the Hubble Space Telescope has observed tens of thousands targets and has collected more than half a million pictures in its archive.  Since its launching in 1990, this remarkable scientific device has taken pictures of planets, stars and galaxies. Hubble has seen the birth and death of stars in the midst of galaxies that are billions of light years away. These amazing photographs provide a glorious display of the handiwork of God, as the Psalmist declares.

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. We are now able to see the glorious handiwork of God on glorious display. The Verse of the Day also proclaims the awesome creative power of God poetically expressed in this way:

“. . . He Made the Stars Also”

Genesis 1:16

 

Thousands upon millions upon billions of stars,

Ten times more than grains of sand that cover the earth;

Galaxies that span far beyond Saturn and Mars:

Each star formed and fashioned and called by name at birth.

 

Ten times more than grains of sand that cover the earth;

Sparkling the night with lights, God made the stars also.

Each star formed and fashioned and called by name at birth.

The heavens declare God’s glory that men might know.

 

Sparkling the night with lights, God made the stars also:

Witness to Abraham of what was yet to be.

The heavens declare God’s glory that men might know.

As the stars and grains of sand, so shall your seed be.

 

All creation unified by a single bond.

Galaxies that span far beyond Saturn and Mars

Express the breadth of God’s love, reaching far beyond

Thousands upon millions upon billions of stars.

Karen Clark Sheard offers a  variation on the theme from Genesis 1:16 and Psalm 19:1-2 with her stirring rendition of “The Heavens are telling.”

 

The heavens are telling: Signs and seasons

June 12, 2016

Psalm 19-1

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:

Genesis 1:14-16(AMP):

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.

Genesis 1:14-15

 

 

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.”

 

 

The heavens are still telling

June 12, 2015

Psalm 19-1The Verse of the Day for June 12, 2015 comes from Psalm 19:1-2:

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

This verse brings to mind the fact that this year is the 25th anniversary of development of the Hubble Space Telescope. Since its launch in 1990, the telescope remains in orbit and continues to observed tens of thousands targets, collecting more than half a million pictures of planets, stars and galaxies. Hubble has seen the birth and death of countless stars in the midst of galaxies that are billions of light years away. These amazing photographs provide a glorious display of the handiwork of God, as the Psalmist declares in Psalm 19.
The first chapter Genesis opens with the bold declaration: “In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Verse 16 goes on to relate other aspects of God’s creation by stating:

16And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.”

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 technological advancements, such as the Hubble Telescope, we are 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. The opening verses of Psalm 19 also bring to mind the awesome creative power of God poetically expressed in this way:

Signs and Wonders Still

The heavens declare the glory of God;

And the firmament shows His handiwork.

Day unto day utters speech,

And night unto night reveals knowledge.

Psalm 19:1-2

Signs and wonders still abound in the nighttime sky;

Principalities and powers assault and strive.

Mars looms large as a full moon to the naked eye:

A bold prelude before the daystar shall arrive—

This rising symbol of the red planet of war.

The heavens declare the wonders of God’s glory;

Maker of sun and moon, calling by name each star,

Unfolds a tapestry for those with eyes to see.

The mystery of His will is now clearly revealed,

For we have an even more sure prophetic word.

On display by night and day, no longer concealed,

Such signs and wonders confirm the Word of the Lord.

Behold! The beloved bridegroom stands at the door:

Our redemption is nearer than ever before.

Karen Clark Sheard offers a variation on the theme from Psalm 19:1-2 with her rendition of “The Heavens are telling.”

The heavens are telling: Signs and wonders still

June 12, 2014

Psalm 19-1

The Verse of the Day for June 12, 2014 comes from Psalm 19:1-2

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

This verse brings to mind the fact that the Hubble Space Telescope has observed tens of thousands of targets and has collected more than half a million pictures in its archive. Since its launching in 1990, this remarkable scientific device has taken countless pictures of planets, stars and galaxies. Hubble has seen the birth and death of stars in the midst of galaxies that are billions of light years away. These amazing photographs provide a glorious display of the handiwork of God, as the Psalmist declares in Psalm 19.

Interstellar gas and dust form nebulae, such as these butterfly nebulae, another awesome display of God's handiwork.

Interstellar gas and dust form nebulae, such as these butterfly nebulae, another awesome display of God’s handiwork.

The first chapter of Genesis opens with the bold declaration: “In the Beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Verse 16 goes on to relate other aspects of God’s creation by stating:

16And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.”

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 technological advancements, such as the Hubble Telescope, we are able to observe the heavens as never before, making the Word of God more alive than we could have imagined. We are now able to see the glorious handiwork of God on breath-taking  display. The opening verses of Psalm 19 also bring to mind the awesome creative power of God, poetically expressed in this way:

Signs and Wonders Still

The heavens declare the glory of God;

And the firmament shows His handiwork.

Day unto day utters speech,

reveals knowledge.

Psalm 19:1-2

Signs and wonders still abound in the nighttime sky;

Principalities and powers assault and strive.

Mars looms large as a full moon to the naked eye:

A bold prelude before the daystar shall arrive—

This rising symbol of the red planet of war.

The heavens declare the wonders of God’s glory;

Maker of sun and moon, calling by name each star,

Unfolds a tapestry for those with eyes to see.

The mystery of His will is now clearly revealed,

For we have an even more sure prophetic word.

On display by night and day, no longer concealed,

Such signs and wonders confirm the Word of the Lord.

Behold! The beloved bridegroom stands at the door:

Our redemption is nearer than ever before.

 

Karen Clark Sheard offers a variation on the theme from Psalm 19:1-2 with her rendition of “The Heavens are telling.”