#164 Psalm 33:6-9 By the Word of the Lord the Heavens Were Made

Joy:
Episode #164 Psalm 33:6-9

Welcome

Amy:
Welcome to The Christgazing Podcast. We are so glad you are here! I’m Amy Burgin.

Joy:
I’m Joy Burgin.

Amy:
Christgazing, kind of like stargazing, is the act of looking steadily and intently at Jesus. If you are anything like us, you desire to fix your eyes on Jesus amid the distractions and troubles of this world. This podcast makes room for us to do that. Amid a world of many words, we slow down here and make space for the God-breathed Words, the best words, the ones that rightly comfort, correct, and lead us. Each week, we read a portion of scripture several times and create stillness after each reading so we might also be still and know God more.

Pour Out Your Heart to God

Amy:
Before we read, take time to share your heart with God. Maybe you have a list of questions for which you need answers—or a heart filled with grief, joy, desire, gratitude, anger, peace, or a mix of some of these things and more—whatever is on your mind, name it, and bring it to God in the next minute.

[Pause and pour out your heart to God]

What Does This Passage Say About God?

Joy:
As I read today’s passage, consider the question: What does this say about God?

Psalm 33:6-9
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
he puts the deep into storehouses.

8 Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the people of the world revere him.

9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.

Again?

Psalm 33:6-9
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
he puts the deep into storehouses.

8 Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the people of the world revere him.

9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.

Take the next few minutes to consider what this says about God.

[Pause and know]

What Does This Passage Say About People?

Joy:
As I read the passage again, consider the question, what does this say about people?

Psalm 33:6-9
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
he puts the deep into storehouses.

8 Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the people of the world revere him.

9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.

Take a minute to consider what this says about people.

[Pause and know]

Lord, What Would You Have Me Know Or Do Today?

Joy:
As I read for the last time, ask God, “Lord, what would you have me know or do today in response to this passage?” 

Psalm 33:6-9
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made,
their starry host by the breath of his mouth.

7 He gathers the waters of the sea into jars;
he puts the deep into storehouses.

8 Let all the earth fear the LORD;
let all the people of the world revere him.

9 For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.

Take a minute to ask God, “Lord, what would you have me know or do today?”

[Pause and listen]

Blessing

Joy:
Christgazer, the Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace. And may you keep your face turned toward Jesus today and know him more.

One Response

Today’s passage said that by the word of the LORD, the heavens were made. He planned the heavens and their starry host for a reason. 

Psalm 19:1-6 says

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.

3 They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.

4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.

In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
    It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
    like a champion rejoicing to run his course.

6 It rises at one end of the heavens
    and makes its circuit to the other;
    nothing is deprived of its warmth.

The heavens declare the glory of God. I’m recording this episode on Apri 7, 2024, the day before a total solar eclipse will cross the United States.  I’d like to read a few excerpts from my book, The Glory of the Total Solar Eclipse. I’ll read from page 29 at the end of Chapter 2 and then I’ll pick up at the beginning of Chapter 3.

As I write this, I sit outside a coffee shop in Texas, and the traffic roars by. A white work pickup truck stops at the red light with music blaring. The city roars around me, breaking the silence of knowing. Little opportunity exists to stop and listen to what the Earth and stars say to us. When a total solar eclipse crosses our path, however, it demands those in its shadow to hush, and it ushers in our attention. We look up in awe and wonder: What do the heavens declare?

After witnessing the 2017 total solar eclipse in Fort Campbell with my family, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Why did it stir up such emotion? Was it because it was so rare? So other-wordly? Why did the eclipse come with so much power to leave me awestruck? Was it simply the sheer beauty of it?

One morning, as I sat at my kitchen table, I stopped wondering, and asked God instead. I asked, “Why, God? Why does the eclipse move me so? Why does it leave people through the ages and across the globe awestruck? What is significant about it?”

Immediately, I heard a surprising answer in the stillness of my mind, Because it speaks of my covenant and kingship. And because it tells the story of the world. It tells your stories.

Ultimately, in the total solar eclipse, I saw that no evil can eclipse God’s love for us, but only reveals his love more deeply.

What do the heavens declare? The glory of God.

Closing

Amy:
You can find a transcript of this episode and all our episodes at amyburgin.com. Joy and I will be back next week to go Christgazing together. Until then, don’t forget, when you put your trust in Christyou are one in whom he dwells and delightsa dearly loved child of God. You are royalty in his strong and unshakeable kingdom. Though trouble abounds, Christ prevails, and so do you.

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