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2nd verse

“For the beauty of each hour of the day and of the night, hill and vale, and tree and flower, sun and moon, and starts of light.”

In this verse Pierpoint thanks God for the beauty of each hour, for the day, night, hill, vale, tree, flower, sun, moon and stars.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven” (Ecc 3:1) “The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down” (Psalm 104:19). So the moon and sun mark off time as each hour does. The times are appointed by God (Dt 11:14, Ps 145:15, Is 49:8, Je 18:23). The Biblical view of time is linear. God’s purpose moves on to consummation and doesn’t repeat. At times God advances His purposes in the world and at others he allows things to play out. When Jesus was on earth Mary asked Him to perform a miracle at a wedding. “My time has not yet come” (John 2:4). Later we read that “no one laid a hand on him, because his time had not yet come” (7:30). Then in 17:1 we read Jesus’ prayer “Father, the time has come.” God is sovereign in appointing times. Jesus told the disciples about the end of the Age “No one knows about what day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Mark 13:32) God’s sovereignty over time extends to the life of the individual as well. “My times are in your hands; deliver me from my enemies and from those who pursue me.” (Psalm 31:15) Unlike us, God is not limited by time. God is the “King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God” (1 Timothy 1:17). We also must not forget “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” (2 Peter 3:8)

Part of understanding God’s greatness and the awesomeness of time is understanding how God transcends time. Time is part of His creation but He is not governed by it.

The earthly features mentioned in this verse are all visible aspects of God’s work. Look up to the sky. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.” (Psalm 19:1). “God made two great lights the great light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, to govern the day and the night and to separate light from darkness” (Genesis 1:16-18). Yet the Sun and moon are not as great or as enduring as God’s glory. “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.” (Revelation 21:23)

We look to the Hills and we see the glory of God. We can ask with the writer of Psalm 121 “I lift up my eyes to the hills, where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Yet even the Hills in their lofty heights and the valleys in their calm depths are under God’s control. In Isaiah 40:4-5 we read “Every valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low; the rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain. And the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all mankind together will see it.”

God’s kingdom is one. Every Tree and Flower is under His control and is one with Him. They will even sing for joy before the Lord (Psalm 96:11-12). Do not forget Jesus’ words of encouragement to his disciples not to worry as even the flowers in the field grow and burst into beautiful flower because God watches over them (Matthew 6:28-30)

This verse recognises God’s transcendence over all things including time. It acknowledges that all time is under God’s control. It also acknowledges God’s creation as being everything we see around us in the sky and on the earth and thanks Him for them.

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