God's grandeur
June 5, 2017

Night Sky

By: Angela Jelf [London, United Kingdom]

Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars.
Psalm 148:3 (NIV)

Living in a crowded city, I don’t see the best views of the night sky. But last year, I had the privilege of staying for a week on a farm in the beautiful Free State province of South Africa. I spent many nights marveling at the breathtaking array of stars above me. The sky looked as if God had opened a pot of glitter and waltzed through the universe.

Psalm 33:6 (NIV) says, “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.” What kind of God breathes out stars?

I also watched incredible thunderstorms. Flashes of lightning illuminated the magnificent Maluti Mountains, bathing the landscape in a pinkish glow. Wow! Then the biggest hailstones I have ever seen came clattering down on the tin roof.

Creation is a signpost that points to a Creator. Stars, butterflies, waterfalls, rainbows, hailstorms, and, most of all, people—all point to God’s infinite wisdom and intricate design.

REFLECT BENEATH THE NIGHT SKY: The sun, moon, and stars may seem silent in the sky; but “day after day they pour forth speech” (Psalm 19:2a, NIV). Do you hear them? They are saying, “Isn’t God glorious?” In gratitude, pray: “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:1, NIV).

Take a Moment Outside

Contemplate the part of God’s creation that surrounds you. As you encounter that miracle of creation, let go of yourself and open your heart to God.

God's grandeur


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