March 3rd Lenten Devotional

All That We See

Chris Deacon

Psalm 19:4b-6

Sometimes the Psalms sound more poetic than others. Psalm 19:4b-6 is an especially poetic description of God having created the sun. It describes the heavens as a tent for the son. The psalmist describes the sun as “a bridegroom coming out from his wedding canopy.” The sun is also described as a strong man who “runs its course with joy.” Finally, the psalmist reminds us that the sun travels from one end of the heavens to the other and that nowhere is safe from its heat.
This is a wonderful description of the might of the sun! Years ago, I was a runner. I could never run very fast, but I could run far! At one point, my daily maintenance runs were five miles. I would find such joy in running on those days.  I knew nothing could stop me and just enjoyed the course. That is how I imagine the sun, running the course that God has set for it across the Earth from one end of the heavens to the other. And God set it all in motion!

It is incredible to think that God created something as powerful and unstoppable as the sun! Then we realize that God created all that we see and all that we can’t see! It is humbling when we realize that God also created us. Not only did God create us, but we are created in God’s image! Among all of God’s creation, God entered into covenant with us! So just as the heaven’s and the sun tell of God’s glory, we are reminded that our very being does the same!

Holy God, just as the heavens proclaim your glory and the sun shows us your might,
help us to remember that we bear your image and reflect your glory. Help us to live in ways such as your glory shines to all we encounter. Amen.

Rev. Chris Deacon is the pastor of the United Parish of Bowie, a joint UCC/PC(USA) congregation in Bowie, MD. He is also the author of “Louder than Words.”

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