God set light in the heavens to mark a boundary against the dark. God set praise in our hearts to mark a boundary against despair. For this Sunday Psalm I’ve combined light and praise to help us mark a boundary against both the dark and despair that may hover in our daily lives. Praise of God works alchemy in times of hardship, transforming them into gifts of gold. Almost every night the stars shine our the glory of God. I wrote this psalm as a guide to honestly praise God for showing up even in the night.
Adonai, God most High:
The star-scattered skies
Remind me of You.
Light like sparks in a watchful parent’s eyes,
Winking with laughter at my surprise
In rediscovering grace in a second chance,
To be re-invited into Your sacred dance.
At the star-scattered skies
I return the wink
To rid my heart of disbelief
Express childlike relief
That your mercies are not morning bound
But even in dark of night abound.
In the star-scattered skies
I see You beyond the stars
Their vastness swept in your outspread arms,
Their beauty mere children’s art,
Their age scant and momentary,
Their great distance illusory.
Your star-scattered skies,
As far as eye can see
Reveal a storm
Of shooting stars,
Aimed straight for me.
God most High,
I see You.
This psalm was inspired by Psalm 8 and Van Gogh’s The Starry Night.