Long Past the Sun

January 7, 2022

Psalm 72.1-2, 15-19

Endow the king with your justice, O God,
    the royal son with your righteousness.
May he judge your people in righteousness,
    your afflicted ones with justice.

15 Long may he live!
    May gold from Sheba be given him.
May people ever pray for him
    and bless him all day long.
16 May grain abound throughout the land;
    on the tops of the hills may it sway.
May the crops flourish like Lebanon
    and thrive like the grass of the field.
17 May his name endure forever;
    may it continue as long as the sun.

Then all nations will be blessed through him,
    and they will call him blessed.

18 Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel,
    who alone does marvelous deeds.
19 Praise be to his glorious name forever;
    may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and Amen.

The sun is going to run out of hydrogen and be considered burned out.  But for most of us it will not be in our life-time.  It looks like it will take about 5.5 billion years yet.  Then just to add a scare to us, as if we will live that long, we are told that when it does burn out of hydrogen it will begin burning the helium and vaporize earth, including us.  Now then, I don’t plan on having 5.5 billion years left in me here.  But in terms of our life-times, and time on earth, it seems that the sun will outlast us.

May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun.  Then all nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed.  It brings me to a picture of what will be the future of life.  In Revelation 21 we see the picture of the recreated heavens and the recreated earth.  And as John describes earth as the New Jerusalem he tells us this:

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 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. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honour of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

The king we have, Jesus Christ himself, will continue to reign long after the sun disappears.  And we will live fine without the sun, even though now we could not have life without it.  God will give life and light.  And all will give honour and glory to God as they are invited in.  For now we wait for that day, but as we wait we pray for all to hear and believe the grace of God in Jesus that they may enter his life and light as well.

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Almighty and merciful God, through your well-beloved Son, Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords, you have willed to make all things new.  Grant that we may be renewed by your Holy Spirit and may come at last to that heavenly country where your people hunger and thirst no more and the tears are wiped away from every eye, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.