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June 22, 2009

“Of Gardens and Stars”
Part 8

Who IS your God?  Where does He live?  Another way of asking it is, “Where is the Source of water for your garden?"

“For this is what the high and lofty One says,  that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”  Isaiah 57:1

God lives with those who are crushed, and broken (in the Hebrew text).  They are empty.

Take a look at Psalm 147:2b, 3.
“He gathers the outcasts of Israel.  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

Now look at the very next verse: “He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.  Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.  The LORD lifts up the humble. . .”

The Psalmist has barely taken a breath as he leaps from the crushed and broken, with whom God lives, to the very stars of the universe.   Let’s look at just one of these stars that he names.

Did you know that there is a star by the name of “Antares,” in the constellation of Scorpio and it is called a “super giant” star?

Antares is 390 times the size of the sun.

Here's one way to visualize it:
Make a dot on the paper and consider that the Earth.
Now, make that dot 1 ½ million times larger and consider that the Sun
Now, Antares is 390 times the size of the Sun.

Here is another way to visualize it:
Take a hollow rubber ball and let that represent Antares.
Inside the ball you could fit Venus, Mercury, Mars, and the earth
And all these could continue in their courses without touching the sides of the ball!

This “super giant star” isn’t even the largest of the stars.  And astronomers now think there are over 200 billion universes.

Let’s reverse the sizes.  Instead of looking at the stars let’s look at an atom.  How big is that?  Take a 6 ounce teacup of water and change each atom into a grain of sand.  It would cover the state of Texas fifty feet deep!  So how great is our God?

The God of the atom and the God of Antares is the same God who gathers together the outcasts, who heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.  He tells the number of the stars, and He calls them all by their names!  Is He enough for you?  Can He be your Source to bring water into your garden so that fruit grows?

He is the God who says, “Be still, (be quiet.  be content) and KNOW that I am God.”  (Psa. 46:10)

Psalm 62 says, “Rest in the Lord (Be silent to the Lord” in the Hebrew) and wait patiently for Him.”

“I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power . . . to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ . . . that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.  Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church . . . forever and ever!  Amen!”  (Ephesians 4:16-21)

Is Jesus enough for you?  If He is, your “Garden of Contentment” will thrive.

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