Show Stoppers

New Day, August 31, 2015

“Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his steadfast love endures forever…to him who made…the moon and stars to rule over the night.”

Psalm 136:3, 7, 9

There were two show stoppers this morning while the sun yawned to wake up.

First, there was the nearly full, waning gibbous moon, high in the western sky, encircled by a thin, transparent collage of clouds. Radiant and quiet, it would have been such a loss to miss it if I only focused on the eastern sky while I waited for sunrise.

In the full range of the visible heavens there was a second joy. Just above the waking sun in the east there was Venus, the main morning star and the brightest of planets. In September, Venus and Mars appear before dawn with bright Jupiter appearing in mid-month below Venus and Mars. Jupiter will shine more brilliantly than any star. It’s the second-brightest planet after Venus.

I am curious: Did the Psalmist differentiate between stars and planets?

Did you know the “morning star” is used of both Satan and Christ? Satan was once the most stunning of angels until his fall (Isaiah 14). Christ is THE “bright morning star” (Revelation 22:16). In the New Jerusalem, capital city of our final eternal home (the new heavens and earth), “They will need no light or lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light…” (Revelation 22:5).

What an stupendous morning to give thanks for the gifts of God in the sky, His steadfast love, and the Christ who is the greatest of all lights!

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