“Thine> is the day、 Yea <thine> the night,
||Thou|| didst establish moon and sun; ”

In the middle of a section of this psalm when Asaph breaks out in an extended meditation on God’s power, he writes this little gem.  The day is Yahweh’s; the night is Yahweh’s.  Could this fact be any more obvious, because Thou didst establish moon and sun? The moon and sun are the great lights that rule the night and day respectively and since God created those, then it follows that he owns the day and the night.  Indeed, God owns time itself which serves him at his word and command, and will serve him until time has completed its purpose and served its Creator well and faithfully, and is no longer necessary.

If this is true then everything else will serve its Creator until its service will no longer be required, from animals to plants to rocks and inanimate objects to every molecule, atom, proton, electron, neutron and beyond. I believe that this is why Scripture so often refers to inanimate objects as if they were alive and breathing.  As in Psalms 148:

“Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all deeps,
fire and hail, snow and mist,
stormy wind fulfilling his word! ”

The stormy wind serves at the command and behest of its Creator, as do fire and hail, and snow and mist.  They will serve him faithfully and well and accomplish the purpose for which they were created.

If inanimate objects can do this, then how much more ought we to serve our Creator at his command with gladness and thanksgiving and willingness to sacrifice and be sacrificed at our Creator’s call and purpose.  Dierich Bonhoeffer once wrote: When God calls a man, he bids him come and die.  Could their be any more glorious death than that of ourselves to the One who formed us from the womb? If the wind and rain and rocks and ants can do it, then how much more should we give ourselves willingly in the service of our Great God?