Moonlight, magic, and the Psalms

A few days ago, I was procrastinating. It was late at night, and I was exhausted and stressed. So, I did the logical thing: I sat on the back porch and looked at the moon for a while.

There’s something about moonlight and starlight that soothes a weary soul. Sitting in the quiet and watching fireflies, stress began to melt away. Everything is simpler at night; there is a crisp sort of magic that darkness ignites.

As I sat and gazed at the moon, my mind turned to the One who created it. Creation continually points back to its Maker. Psalm 121 says, “My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip-he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” (verses 2-3)

How awesome is our God! The One who shaped the moon, who put the very stars in the sky, is the One who watches over you constantly. Psalm 77:16-19 gives an even more powerful picture of God.

“The waters saw you, God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed. The clouds poured down water, the heavens resounded with thunder; your arrows flashed back and forth. Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked. Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen.”

The Psalms continually put me in awe. Nothing else does such a stellar job of capturing the very essence of God. Call it what you will, but to me, the beauty of our God is the very definition of the word magic. He is electric, He is mysterious, He is awesome and powerful and every other brilliant adjective you can apply.
Psalm 73:25-26 is my battle cry. “Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Weary, broken, worn? Open the Psalms and rediscover the magic and brilliancy of God. See Him as He truly is. Then, go stare at the moon and remember that the One who created it loves you dearly you and holds you close.

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