Recently one night (actually one morning before dawn) I happened to awaken. From my position I had a clear view of stars above that were quite vivid through a nearby window. The sight stirred emotions of gratitude to the Creator of those beautiful celestial balls of light.
A song that I first heard during the early 70’s instantly came to my mind. It struck me that I had not heard nor even thought of the song in a very long time, but I was aware that my thoughts matched its lyrics perfectly. It was an awesome moment in time — a personal moment with Creator God in the still and quietness of night that gave peace and hope.
The song was “My Little World” by Ralph Carmichael, who brought us many beautiful and meaningful songs. In case you’re not familiar with this song that was brought to my conscious mind from somewhere deep in my brain, here it is. Read it to get a glimpse of my thoughts that night, then find an audio version to hear it in its beauty and truth.
MY LITTLE WORLD
“Oh, God of the stars, the sun and the moon,
Oh, God of the wind and the sea,
Though You’re everywhere
How amazing it is
That You can be here with me.
The uncharted craters of planets beyond
You know like the palm of Your hand,
And yet You’re concerned
With my little world.
Oh, help me to understand.
I know that miracles happen to people like me
The moment we dare to believe
For we are the objects of God’s mighty love
Far greater than our little minds can conceive.
The stars could collide,
The sun could grow dim,
The whole universe pass away.
Still nothing can change the promise He made,
And Christ in my heart will stay.”
The final sentence is important to me, because it’s a reminder that nothing — NOTHING — can change the promise He made! “And Christ in my heart will stay.” My heart!
I’m grateful for Carmichael’s song that expresses great hope that can come with a glimpse of stars on a dark night!
“Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,’ and it was so. God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.”
“To Him who made the great lights
For His lovingkindness is everlasting:
The sun to rule by day
For His lovingkindness is everlasting;
The moon and stars to rule by night
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.”
(Psalm 136: 7-9)
“Lift up your eyes on high
And see who has created these stars,
The One Who leads forth their host by number,
He calls them all by name;
Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,
Not one of them is missing.” (Isaiah 40:26)
“Thus says the Lord, Who gives the sun for light by day
And the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night,
Who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar,
“The Lord of hosts is His name.”
“You alone are the Lord.
You have made the heavens,
The heaven of heavens with all their host,
The earth and all that is on it,
The seas and all that is in them.
You give life to all of them,
And the heavenly host bows down before You.” (Nehemiah 9:6)
“He Who made the Pleiades and Orion
And changes deep darkness into morning,
Who also darkens day into night,
Who calls for the waters of the sea
And pours them out on the surface of the earth, The Lord is His name.”