"In his hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it,  and his hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down;  let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!"   Psalm 95:4-6
          On July 12, 2022, NASA released the first images from the new James Webb Space Telescope. In one of the farthest and sharpest images ever produced, an image of the galaxy cluster SMACS 0723 was shown to the world for the first time. Thousands of galaxies appear in stunning clarity within this small sliver of the universe that covers a patch of sky approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm’s length by someone here on Earth (see link below for how to view this incredible image)!

          Today’s reading in Psalms 95 and 96 reminds us that God’s creation is marvelous. Not only is His creation marvelous, but the Creator Himself is marvelous! We are reminded that we are to live our lives as David wrote and worship the Lord our Maker (Ps. 95:6) and sing to the Lord (Ps. 96:2). Wherever we look at God’s creative handiwork, whether we look at distant galaxies or the smallest cells, we can join all of creation in singing praises of joy (Ps. 96:11-12).

          One glorious day in the near future we will stand before our Creator and worship Him in joyful singing. As Charles Homer Gabriel wrote in his famous hymn, “I stand amazed”,
When with the ransomed in glory
His face I at last shall see,
‘Twill be my joy through the ages
To sing of his love for me.

          We can sing today in joy of our Creator. We can sing of His salvation from day to day (Ps. 96:2). We can stand amazed and sing because of His wonderful creation and love for us!

Further study:
Link for “Webb’s Deep Field” image -
Romans 8:21-23
2 Corinthians 4:7
Isaiah 6:1-3

by Eric Adams, Deacon Vice Chairman

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Ardis Joyce Ehrenberger - November 4th, 2022 at 9:57pm







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