As you look around, how many things do you see that were around when your great-great-great-great grandpa was walking the earth? My great-great-great-great grandpa would have been born 150-200 years ago, give or take a few trips around the sun. Was my laptop around in the early 1800s? Nope. My desk? This book? The church where I’m writing these words? Nope, nope, and more nope. The city where I live (Appleton, WI) was founded in 1857, so that might not even make the cut!
But I do see something out my window that my ancient ancestors saw—the sun. Like few other things in my life, the sun and the moon and the stars seem to endure forever.
I think that’s why the author of Psalm 136 wrote, “To him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever. Who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever. Who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever. Who made the great lights—His love endures forever. The sun to govern the day, His love endures forever. The moon and stars to govern the night; His love endures forever” (verses 4-9).
The author points to nature as the closest example of any created thing to the love of our Creator. Just like the sun keeps showing up on good and bad and hopeful and hopeless days, God’s love shows up too. That fact made some of our great-great-great-great grandparents worship. Think about it a bit, and it will make you worship too.