This Week’s Memory Verse: V is for…
“Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Savior…For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.” -Isaiah 45:15-18
Last week we learned that of all the types of galaxies the only kind that could be host to any kind of life is a spiral galaxy, like our own Milky Way. And life could not just exist any where in this kind of galaxy. It has to be in an outer arm, like where our own solar system lies. The week before we learned that of all the different kinds of stars in the universe only a non-binary, non-variable, medium-temperature star like our own sun is safe to orbit for a life-bearing planet like our own. And earlier in the year we learned that planet has to be just the right distance from that just-right star located on an outer arm of that just-right galaxy. Oh yeah, and make sure the planet has the perfect mass, perfect rotation, perfect atmosphere, perfect tilt, perfect magnetosphere, a perfectly placed moon to keep the oceans from stagnating, and other planets placed just-so to keep it from being bombarded by asteroids. Yes, God indeed formed the Earth, not in vain, but especially to be inhabited. He is the Lord, and there is none else!
Hymn of the Week: “Unto the Hills” (Campbell/Purday)
Unto the hills around do I lift up my longing eyes;
O whence for me shall my salvation come, from whence arise?
From God the Lord doth come my certain aid,
From God the Lord who heaven and earth hath made.
He will not suffer that thy foot be moved: safe shalt thou be.
No careless slumber shall His eyelids close, who keepeth thee.
Behold our God the Lord, He slumbereth ne’er,
Who keepeth Israel in His holy care.
Jehovah is Himself thy keeper true, thy changeless shade;
Jehovah thy defense on thy right hand Himself hath made.
And thee no sun by day shall ever smite;
No moon shall harm thee in the silent night.
From every evil shall He keep thy soul, from every sin;
Jehovah shall preserve thy going out, thy coming in.
Above thee watching, He whom we adore
Shall keep thee hence-forth, yea, forevermore.