Psalm 148:3 – Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars. (NIV)
Whenever I hear the hymn, "This is my Father's world", by Maltbie D. Babcock, I am inspired by the power and beauty of God as seen throughout His creation. The first two lines, in particular, remind me that even the heavens are showing forth His praise. Consider the words:
- This is my Father's world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
Interestingly, the author's expression, "the music of the spheres", was a concept familiar to the ancients. The idea was later explained by astronomer Johannes Kepler, who found that various ratios used in determining planetary motion could be applied to interval relationships exercised in music. Moreover, scientists have calculated heavenly sound waves by observing the up-and-down vibratory motions on the surface of the sun and other stars.
This information led me to find audio samples of solar music made available on the Internet. It opened my eyes to the profound implications behind the term, "the music of the spheres". Until now, I had no idea what the expression truly meant. Just a few words made a difference in my understanding of the song and gave me a deeper appreciation for today's Scripture.
Perhaps, you, too, have missed something while singing some of your most beloved church hymns. I encourage all of us to pay close attention to the wording and then reflect on its meaning. I'm confident that it will enhance our worship experience and draw us closer to the Lord.
Prayer: Father, we thank You for the marvellous wonders of Your creation, for the testimony of the heavens, and for songs of praise that echo throughout the earth. According to Your Word, may we speak to one another in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. May we make melody to You, O God, with all of our hearts, always giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, through Whom all things exist. Amen.
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