“His offspring will continue forever, his throne like the sun before Me, like the moon, a faithful witness in the sky.” (Psalm 89:36-37)
The psalmist rehearsed the commitments God made to Israel in Psalm 89, and to David, and then launches into a rather surprising confrontation with God over his sense of abandonment. He was basically say, “God, you did some great works in the past and gave us many promises, but right now we’re in danger, and it doesn’t seem like You’re there. You have abandoned us.” This is the context of the verses above which point us to the covenant of God with His people. In addition to this, though, these verses reveal a little “side truth” to us.
The writer calls the moon “a faithful witness in the sky.” Have you ever thought of the moon as a “witness?” Witness to what?
Most of us have learned the scientific realities of the moon. It is essentially a small planet that revolves around the earth. Because of the way it revolves, we only see one side of it. It has no water, no air, no life on it. But, it’s always there, and its light services as a kind of God-provided “night light.”
The moon, like the sun, the stars, the planets, and all of nature, serves to bear witness to a Creator. Understanding its science, while a good thing, only goes so far. Seeing it, we eventually must ask, “How did it get there? How was all this created?” Such questions take us inevitably toward a conclusion: there must be a Creator.
The next time you see the moon, remember that it is a witness to God our Creator.
Lord, We thank You that You have placed everything in the universe as a testimony, as a witness to You. When we see Your creation, cause it to direct our minds and hearts to You. Amen.