Time and Space #7: Astronomy

On the surface, this seems like a worn out subject.

Staggering amounts of space.

Staggering amounts of mass.

Everything in motion, all the time, with staggering precision.

We can figure out where a star or planet will be 127 years, 37 days and twenty-nine seconds from now.

Well, we can’t, but there are some computer-aided humans out there who can.

So what is there to say besides the big WOW that has already been extracted from us before?

 

Then I saw an awe piece.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.  Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.  There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.”  Psalm 19:1-3  AV

While God’s glory is MANIFEST in sundry ways, such as through the design of animals, birds and fish (Job 12:7-8), He placed sound in the cosmos.

Sound is vibration.  Vibration is time and space in a particular alignment.

The sound/speech/language/voice of heaven is embedded in the light (time/space) emanating from the cosmos.

Why there?

Because nothing on this little lump we call the earth was anywhere near big enough to capture the immensity of God.  It took an orchestra of 200 billion galaxies to even begin to do justice to the majesty of our God.

And it is a full-time job, as the celestial display is relentless, and it covers the entire surface of (space) the earth.  Time/space without pause or blank.

Unparalleled worship, riding on the largest expression of space that we can conceive of, a space that is synchronized with a stunning precision of time.

What an orchestra!

Copyright January 2018 by Arthur Burk

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5 Responses to Time and Space #7: Astronomy

  1. Gerda says:

    Gen 22:17 “… I will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven…” can we even begin to imagine the exhilaration of millions and trillions of people all together in one space singing, dancing, worshipping in perfect unison with God their creator. Beating the drums to the rhythm of heaven. Keeping the beat of the music in perfect timing and synchronisation with the rhythm of His song… ?

  2. Margaret Lehman says:

    Wow, that’s beautiful. I love how God created spaces in Days 1-3 and then fills each of them in 4, 5 and 6. So, yes, of course, how very appropriate that He would fill His heavens from Day 1 with sound! Wow. And matching the precision you talked about with Day 1, He doesn’t fill Day 4 with random vibration but with the highest form of precision in sound–speech, language, communication. The very definition of music and a universe-wide overflow of what is heard around the Throne. He is awesome.

  3. Cynthia says:

    That is SO beautiful. I need to read that at the start of every day.
    Favorite lines:
    “Unparalleled worship, riding on the largest expression of space that we can conceive of, a space that is synchronized with a stunning precision of time.
    What an orchestra!”

  4. Janis Leal says:

    Once when I was young, two people and I were talking about God. One brought up the sun, moon, stars, etc., and questioned something about their purpose. Before mentioning the marking of days, nights, seasons, etc. (which didn’t enter our young minds and therefore never got mentioned), out of my mouth shot the words, “To worship and praise and tell about Him.” After those words came out, we sat there and stared in brief silence, and one of the two beamed with starry eyes and said in awed tone, “Yeah….” We were all awed by that simple Holy Spirit glimpse of reality written in our hearts reflected in Psalm 19:1-3, as you mention here.

    I believe our spirits know and connect, deep inside, with the vast unfathomable majesty of the astronomical, and that “speech” that is constantly communicating and worshiping the mysterious yet somehow familiar One.

    I love it so much I have to repeat your reference: “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.” Psalm 19:1-3

    As I ponder the PURPOSE given for the heavenly bodies and systems, their precision and complexity operating according to His way-beyond-intelligent design in marking days, nights and seasons in ecosystems on and around earth, I’m soaking in the idea that, before physical purposes needed on earth – as important as those are – the reverberating “loudly silent” declaration of His essence, constantly vibrating throughout all time, space, matter, and anything else we have yet to discover, is the overriding “principle,” one that somehow entwines physical, earthy, earthly, practical purposes of DOING with the more vital core aspect of BEING.

    The “who” of our God, first, and then the outflow of the “what” of His works.

    That’s the speech we know nothing about (ref. in Ps. 19:1-3), yet helplessly rely on for existence and authentic life, the Word who was “in the beginning” and is and is to come, the speech that agrees with the written word “eternal, standing firm in the heavens,” the speech that sings His songs through cells and spirits.

    I love your languaging it here, so beautiful and effective, feeling it not just in my spirit but also physically. And I join in the awe and celebration with all who read this and with all the heavens declaring Him.

    Wow.

  5. Melissa Chepernich says:

    Love these phrases arranged in such a way to make one’s spirit soar along with that unparalleled worship! I feel even physically moved!

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