Posts Tagged ‘Stars’

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.”

 

Stamped with Your Character

April 10, 2016

Hebrews-1--3--flower

Originally posted a year ago, today’s blog entry has been revised and re-posted here:

The Verse of the Day for April 9, 2016 comes from Hebrews 1:3, but to apprehend more fully the essence of the message, take a look and listen to Hebrews 1:1-3:

The New Living Testament renders the passage this way:

Hebrews 1:1-3:

1Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. 2 And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe. 3The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.

As I considered deeply who Jesus Christ is and what he represents, I thought of the opening phrase of verse three “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God. . .” or as the King James states that Christ is “the express image of his [God’s] person.”

As believers our innermost desire should be that our lives become expressions of the character of Christ, just as Christ is the expression of the very character of God.
Not long ago, I recall having heard this statement that was labeled “Essence of Destiny” which inspired the accompanying poem:

“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Choose your words, for they become actions. Understand your actions, for they become habits. Study your habits, for they become your character. Develop your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

Stamped with Your Character

The Son radiates God’s own glory and
expresses the very character of God. . .
Hebrews 13:3a (NLT)

As you seek a dwelling place, may you see my heart,
Custom-designed and conformed to your own image.
As you scan sea and land, may you see my visage
And decide to abide in my innermost part.
Search my character as I seek a deeper walk
With you, for I long to abide in your presence.
Naked and humble before you with no pretense,
May I be true in how I live, the way I talk.
As you search me and know me, may you find no flaw
In character, only a heart of purity.
And may your Word unfold my true identity,
Perfected in the precepts of your changeless law.
I pledge my love and covenant with you today
To be stamped with your character in every way.

The David Crowder Band offer a musical expression of Hebrew 1:3 entitled “Stars”: