My God is…Bringing out their host Isaiah 40:26

26 Jun

Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high and see:night sky with stars
Who created these?
He who brings out their host and numbers them,
calling them all by name;
because he is great in strength,
mighty in power,
not one is missing.

Star Gazing

One of the things I loved to do as a child was to go star-gazing with my dad. Depending on the temperature, we would bring pillows and blankets and lay on the hood of the car, using it like a big lounge chair. We usually did that when there was a meteor shower, but any time I look up to the stars, I think of my daddy. I’m sure it is this experience that inspired me to sign my dad and I up for an astronomy class my senior year in high school. It was held in an observatory in a high school across town on Saturday mornings (a miracle for most teenagers). We learned so much on those early mornings. It was truly fascinating. There is always more to learn about our universe.

He brought out their host

I like this part of the verse for today. That term “brought out” may mean something different to women than to men. When someone says, “That really brought out ______________.” What do you think would finish that sentence? I was thinking, “her eyes”. So what do we mean when we say that about someone’s eyes?

Definition of BRING OUT

1a : to make apparent
  : to effectively develop (as a quality)
2a : to present to the public
  : to introduce formally to society
3: utter
I like to think that God “brought out” the heavenly host, because it is His glory they reveal. I like the second definition of bring out too. I like the idea of God presenting and introducing us to the stars. Revealing to us His majesty through the amazing workmanship He put into the stars.

The First Astronomer

God is the first astronomer. In our verse we’re told God numbered the stars. He called them all by name. This goes along so well with that definition of bringing out meaning to introduce them to society. I can picture it now… God is in the observatory on one of those Saturday mornings. He’s not looking at His notes. He’s pointing to the stars and telling us the unique qualities of each one. He tells us the name He gave the stars, and even how many there are in the heavens. He knows all about them.

He who brings out their host and numbers them,
calling them all by name

Now lets apply this to what God feels about us. If he pays attention to the stars, knows them by name and number, we can also rest assured that He knows us by name. No matter how many of us there are in the world, He knows us. He knows our specific characteristics that make us unique, and He could teach a whole class on the uniqueness of you. He created you and the stars, and knows every inch of you. He knows how you work and how you love. He cares about you, and calls you by name. He’s bringing out the best in you. He’s working so that others can see you as a reflection of Him.

What’s He bringing out in you?


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