Covenantal Skies

Who is it that has made a covenantal promise with the sky, marking the faithful rhythms of night and day?

Who pulls and pushes the tide of the sea and sets in motion the waxing and waning of the moon?

Who decreed the orderly laws of nature that govern the coming and going of seasons with unbreakable consistency?

Who has designed the function of organs and written meaning into the smallest cell?

“The Lord Almighty is his name.” (Jeremiah 31:35)

It is he “who appoints the sun to shine by day, who decrees the moon and stars to shine by night, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar.” (Jer. 31:35)

He says, “If I have not established my covenant with day and night and the fixed laws of heaven and earth…” (Jer. 33)

He has. We live by the rising and setting of the sun and his covenant with it.

He says, “If you can break my covenant with the day and my covenant with the night so that day and night no longer come at their appointed time…” (Jer. 33)

We cannot. We lean our heads back to look at the sky, awed yet powerless.

And so we say, “Draw praises from us here in this cathedral of creation. Beneath this starry dome awaken our adoration. In this place where we are so very small — and yet so greatly loved.” (Doug McKelvey)

We are loved. The covenant-making one has come for us as well.

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