He who made the Pleiades and Orion,
and turns deep darkness into the morning and darkens the day into night,
who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the surface of the earth,
the LORD is his name. Amos 5:8 ESV
Pleiades is one of the closest ‘star clusters’ to the Earth and is easily observable to unaided human eye. Although 14 stars can be seen with the naked eye, scientists estimate Pleiades is comprised of well over 1,000 celestial bodies.
Orion is one of the most recognizable constellations in the night sky. Visible the world over, Orion has captivated the attention and imagination of mankind throughout history.
Closer to home we are blessed with the reliability of the rising of the Sun each morning, and the setting of the Sun every evening. No matter how dark the night we know the darkness will not last indefinitely… the light of the rising Sun will conquer the darkness of the night.
Even closer to home we are mesmerized by the mighty waters of the World’s oceans. The rise and fall of the tides, the power of the crashing waves, and the unfathomable volume of water that fills the oceans mystifies the human mind.
Who made Pleiades? The LORD.
Who made Orion? The LORD.
Who turns night into day and day into night? The LORD.
Who filled the oceans with water? The LORD.
The LORD is His name!
Originally published July 29, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com
“The Clouds are the dust of his feet” Nahum 1:3 ESV
On a recent afternoon I was overwhelmed with awe as I gazed up at the summer sky. Large, puffy clouds stretched across the expansive sky– seemly forever. Brilliant white clouds juxtaposed against a deep blue sky. It was grand. It was majestic. It was overwhelming. The beautiful vista defies description.
While looking at the clouds Nahum 1:3 came to mind, “the clouds are the dust of his feet.”
Wow. God is far greater in majesty than any cloud that has ever drifted across a summer sky. God’s grandeur far exceeds the grandeur of any cloud the human eye has ever seen. God is so much bigger than the clouds that, in comparison, even the largest clouds are smaller than even the smallest particle of dust. He is far more beautiful to behold than the sum total of all clouds human eyes have witnessed.
God is so beautiful, so great, so grand, so big, all clouds pale in comparison. All clouds are as insignificant as dust.
Today we gather together to collectively worship the one and only true God– the creator of heaven and Earth. May we be filled with awe of Him. May our thoughts be only of Him. May our worship, adoration, and praise be wholly focused on Him. May we wash away any thoughts that are not of Him, as we would wash our feet clean of the dirt of this world.
To God be the Glory!
Editorial note: Originally published July 5, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com
The apostles, we must remark, very frequently suspended their writing in order to lift up their hearts in praise. Praise is never out of season, and it is no interruption to interrupt any engagement in order to laud and magnify our God.
C. H. Spurgeon, “A Psalm For The New Year,” in The Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit Sermons, Vol. 8. Originally preached on January 5, 1862. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1862), 8.
Broadly speaking, prayer is the occupation of the soul with its needs. Praise is the occupation of the soul with its blessings. Worship is the occupation of the soul with God Himself.
Alfred P. Gibbs, Worship The Christian’s Highest Occupation (Kansas City, Walterick Publishers) p.26.Read More