Thursday, May 14, 2009

The Sun


By John D. Morris, Ph.D.


"Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof." (Psalm 19:5-6)


This well-loved psalm provides us a glimpse of God’s creative majesty: "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge" (vv. 1-2).

Modern science has shown that the universe in which we live is really a tri-universe--a continuum of space/time/energy (or information). Thus the first two verses of this psalm, by focusing our attention on "the heavens . . . the firmament" (space), "day . . . night" (time), and "speech . . . knowledge" (information/energy), reveal a scientific truth long before its "scientific" discovery.

There is, of course, one created source of energy which typifies this energy. Speaking of space and time, the psalmist claims, "In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun" (v. 4), which is further described in our text verses. The sun is like a bridegroom, fully dressed in wedding garb, radiating joy as he comes forth. It is also like a champion runner, fully able to run the race and gain the victory.


The sun’s energy, radiating out in all directions, not only energizes the earth, but the entire solar system as well. Furthermore, it is now known that the sun traverses the galaxy in a gigantic orbit with its energy bathing each part. Truly, "there is nothing hid from the heat thereof" (text verse).

Only the Creator of space, time, and energy--the Creator of the sun, the solar system, the Milky Way Galaxy, and the universe--could have known these things. That Creator, through the empowering ministry of the Holy Spirit, is the author of this psalm.






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