Clouds #20  The Zenith 

           This will be the last “Praising Through Clouds” for a while, (Please read, “Do You Know?”) but I wanted to write this one because the night sky was so beautiful.  As for “zenith,” I’m not even sure that is the correct word.  Maybe apex or point, or even intersection.  I didn’t even know the word “zenith” until, in high school, I read Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter.   In Chapter Twelve, “The Minister’s Vigil,” paragraph two, the author describes the cloudy sky at night, as seen from the minister’s view standing on the platform of the scaffold.  “An unvaried pall of cloud muffled the whole expanse of sky from zenith to horizon.”

            A few nights ago, on one of those fringed, clear nights with the moon just a slice from full, and Orion bright and findable, (Orion is the only constellation I can find; my Dad taught me how to recognize it.) I saw two long, thin stripes of white intersecting and making a long skinny “V.” I thought of an arrow.  Even at first, I didn’t think those lines could be clouds.  My thoughts went to the Redstone Arsenal.  The next morning, I again saw several long, thin lines trailing planes in the clear blue sky, and I knew my previous evening’s thoughts were correct.  Even though not clouds, I wanted to find something in Scripture that spoke of arrows, or highest of all points. 

            Arrows wasn’t hard; first thoughts went to David and Jonathan’s signal in 1 Samuel 20:20ff.   Then, a favorite, Psalm, 127:3-5, “Children are a gift from God; blessed is the man who has his quiver full.”  Thank you, Lord, for my precious three children and four grandchildren.

            But, “zenith,” the highest point; to exalt on high.  Let’s praise through these words from the Psalms.

18:46  …exalted be the God of my salvation.

46:10  Be still and know that I am God.  I am exalted among the nations.  I am exalted in the earth.

57:5  Be exalted, O God above the heavens! Let Thy glory be over all the earth.

138:2  …Thou hast exalted above everything Thy name and Thy word.

148:13  Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted; his glory is above earth and heaven.

Praise the Lord!