Day 2: Thursday, 7 March
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.
There is no speech, nor are there [spoken] words [from the stars];
Their voice is not heard.
Yet their voice [in quiet evidence] has gone out through all the earth,
Their words to the end of the world.
In them and in the heavens He has made a tent for the sun,
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
The sun’s rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
Psalms vary greatly in length, in style and in content. We’ll break longer psalms into smaller chunks, though there will still be some long extracts. Perhaps over Lent you can adapt to doing something which may be different. Try speaking out the reading – it is poetry, after all. You get to hear it, too! Also, take time to read it again at the end. Commit any verses that speak to you onto paper – a notebook for the purpose would be good. And, when all is said and done, try to commit some verses (dare I suggest a whole psalm?) to memory.
The theme of Psalm 8 is echoed here in a poetical cry of praise from the very heavens and stars themselves. Clearly the stars have no mind or voice of their own, but we still enjoy singing ‘All creatures (creation) of our God and King’, including the verse that calls the burning sun to praise God!
David is telling us that creation, all creation is a testament to the amazing work that God has done. The sun is described as a bridegroom, and a strong man running through the sky. Do you stop when the sun is setting, to look out across the expanse of earth and sky around you? It amazes me that everything I can see is visible only because of the sun, that spot of light in the sky. All of the man-made lights in the world are but a candle on a birthday cake to the sun. We can only see the moon because it reflects sunlight, and on a clear full moon night we can see to walk outside, lit by a sun that has set beyond the horizon.
The Amplified Bible offers some guidance in understanding the text by adding ‘missing’ or explanatory words or phrases in square brackets. If you find the Bible you normally read sometimes can be a little unclear because the words are not making full sense then perhaps the Amplified Bible may help.
Would David see, were he able, the earth, sky and seas of our century in the same way?
Do you have answers to questions about creation and evolution?
Father God, you created all this splendour for your glory, to give us a glimpse of who you are. Would you reveal yourself more so that I might gain greater knowledge and understanding of your nature? Amen.
from Haydn’s Creation – glorious music, prosaic translation into English from German (which wasn’t that much better).
Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. www.Lockman.org