The Earth is Full of His Glory

Psalm 8:3: When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place

Isaiah 6:3: And they were calling to one another:“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
    the whole earth is full of his glory.”

A couple of nights ago I was in a bad mood and I just wanted to wallow in self-pity. There was absolutely nothing that anyone could say or do that could help me to shake the mood that I was in. Probably in an effort to get me out of the house my wife said to me, “Did you see the full moon tonight?” I replied, “no” and basically shrugged off her comment. A few minutes later I found myself outside on a cold, crisp and clear December night. I looked up at the heavens and I immediately found myself in complete awe at the beauty of the sky and the amazing December Full Moon and the stars.

I immediately began to worship God and thank him for the beauty of his handiwork. I thought about the passage from Genesis where God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth. “ And it was so. God made two great lights – the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good (Genesis 1:14-18).

When I am outside looking up at the sheer beauty and enormity of the heavens I know deep inside my being that God exists. I feel a close connection to God as I stare into the nighttime sky and wonder what the view from heaven must look like. The Bible tells us that God made the moon and the stars to give light upon the earth and I believe that to be completely true. That must have  been what the Psalmist David was thinking as he wrote “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars which you have set in place (Psalm 8:3).

Fifteen minutes later I found myself still looking up into the peaceful and bright December sky. My bad mood and anxious thoughts were gone and I thanked God for giving me peace and a greater appreciation of this beautiful world that He has created. God is holy and He deserves our complete praise and adoration for all that He has done and continues to do for us. Yes, the whole world is filled with His glory!

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