Today the sun rose due east and shall set due west on all points of the globe, and day and night shall be exactly the same length. At 1449 Universal Time (sort of the same as GMT), the sun shall be straight overhead the equator. For folks in the northern hemisphere, today means summer’s over. For those in the southern hemisphere, winter’s over. And for those at the equator (like me), it means the rains are on their way (hopefully).
Today offers a special incitation to praise the God of the Bible. Consider the following scripture passages:
As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest, cold and heat,
summer and winter, and day and night
will not cease.
—Genesis 8:22 (HCSB)
So, until the day this earth is destroyed by fire (2 Peter 3:10-12), Yahweh has promised to keep the cycles of nature rolling. Praise Him for His providence!
“This is what the Lord says: If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night so that day and night cease to come at their regular time, then also My covenant with My servant David may be broken so that he will not have a son reigning on his throne, and the Levitical priests will not be My ministers. The hosts of heaven cannot be counted; the sand of the sea cannot be measured. So, too, I will make the descendants of My servant David and the Levites who minister to Me innumerable.”
The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: “Have you not noticed what these people have said? They say, ‘The Lord has rejected the two families He had chosen.’ My people are treated with contempt and no longer regarded as a nation among them. This is what the Lord says: If I do not keep My covenant with the day and with the night and fail to establish the fixed order of heaven and earth, then I might also reject the seed of Jacob and of My servant David—not taking from his descendants rulers over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Instead, I will restore their fortunes and have compassion on them.”
–Jeremiah 33:20-26 (HCSB)
This one hurts my brain. Yahweh ties His covenant with the day and the night to His covenant with David. He connects the daily mundane cycles with His choosing of the covenant community. He couples sunrise and sunset with the eternal salvation promised through Messiah. Praise Him for His salvation!
So, get your praise on with this classic hymn: