Week 23

Memory Verse: Isaiah 55:9

Reading #1: Psalm 36

Questions:  Right after the description of the height of God’s love, faithfulness, righteousness and judgment in verses 5 & 6, what promises of His provision are we given in verses 7-9?

Reading #2: Psalm 57

Questions:  Both Psalm 36 and 57 describe God and His ways as being higher than the heavens and yet both call the reader to “take shelter under the shadow of His wings.”  How do you connect those 2 Divine attributes of loftiness and protection?

Reading #3: Psalm 71

Questions:  Psalm 71 continues the theme of God’s heavenly reaching righteousness and sheltering refuge.  What do these Divine attributes motivate the Psalmist to do in verses 14-18 and 22-24.  According to verse 17, how did the Psalmist acquire such a deep knowledge of the Lord?

Reading #4: Psalm 103

Questions: Verse 11 says that God’s steadfast love for those who fear Him is as high as the heavens are above the earth and in the next verse it says that he has removed our sins as far as the east is from the west.  What pivotal event can you point to that most profoundly displays those 2 statements?

Psalms and Hymns

Psalm 36B “Thy mercy Lord, extends to heaven; Thy faithfulness, the sky.  Thy justice is like mounts of God; Thy judgements depths defy.”

Psalm 57B “O be exalted high, O God! Above the heavens stand, and let Your glory be above all earth, both sea and land.

Praying Under the Same Sky

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Friday Factoid Week 22

Neptune is the furthest planet from the sun, besides Pluto.  It takes 164 earth years for it to orbit the sun.  It is spinning the same direction as the earth except for it’s all wobbly as it goes.  It is bright blue because it is made of methane.  Neptune also has 2 rings made of dust particles.  They are 33,000 and 39,000 miles away from Neptune.  Neptune used to have a Great Dark Spot on it which was a storm as big as the whole earth but now its gone  (by Nathan, age 11).

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Neptune has 13 known moons, the largest of these is Triton. It is the coldest object that any spacecraft has ever visited.  The average temperature on Triton is 400 degrees F below zero.  It is also moving closer and closer to Neptune every day.  These two facts make most astronomers think that Triton was not originally Neptune’s moon, but was probably pulled in by Neptune’s gravity.  Another interesting thing about Triton is that it is full of geysers, which probably spew a mixture of chemicals instead of hot water (by Joel, age 13).

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I’m adding this link to a flashback from our Hawaiian homeschool 6 years ago.  In it, Titus (age 9 at the time) mentions that it rains diamonds on Neptune.  When I reread this I was incredulous myself, wondering if I had let some misinformation slip into the blog.  It turns out that after that particular post, more studies emerged to support this theory.  You can read about it yourself in this Washington Post article .

Devo 22

“Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.”

Psalm 119:89

I grew up on the gloriously scenic central coast of California where I also met and married my husband Tom, who was a youth pastor in the quant little beach town of Cayucos at the time.  For one rather large youth event he had procured a popular Christian band from Detroit who made it enthusiastically known how excited they were to play in such a beautiful setting.  “How can anyone in California not believe in God?  In Detroit, it’s easy not to believe in God, but here, it’s just too obvious!”  

I understood his point. California indeed contains unparalleled scenic wonders, from the highest peak to the lowest desert, the biggest, and the tallest, and the oldest trees in the world, rolling grasslands, fertile valleys and of course, it’s extensive and  diverse stretch of coastline.  Yes, God’s handiwork is on clear and concentrated display in this great state.  Detroit might not have access to all those wonders, but according to Romans 1:19,20, Detroit is still without excuse.  

Even in the most populated, polluted, nature-starved place on earth, or the most barren, windswept landscape you can imagine.  Even in Detroit, there are still at least 2 obvious, clearly perceived witnesses to not only God’s existence but His invisible attributes, eternal power and divine nature.  Every person on earth from the beginning of time to its end has seen the faithful rising and setting of the sun, or even without eyes, has felt its warmth.  

We, all of us, from Detroit to Dubai, live under the same glory declaring, righteousness proclaiming, knowledge revealing sky.  And from the poorest shepherd boy to the wealthiest king, we like the Psalmist, have known the Imageo Dei.  Who of us can look up at that sky and not ask the God whose image in which we are made, “What is man, that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8:3,4 

Easy not to believe in God?  According to Romans 1:18,19, it’s only as easy as suppressing the truth by unrighteousness, “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.”  Yes friend, God has made Himself known (Psalm 9:16).  Now, when was the last time you went outside and looked up at His message to you?