What the heavens reveal

Psalm 19:1-3 says,

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.”

If the heavens are speaking words to us about God, what are they saying?

Here are a few things I thought of:

1 — God is vast.

Stand at the beach and behold the heavens where there is no hill or house or tree and the blue skies seem to go on forever.  Giant feathery-white clouds float by above as if floating down from a giant celestial bird.  As big as the sky and clouds are, God is bigger.

2 — God is beautiful.

Look at the stars at night, billions of tiny (to us) flecks of shining dust, diamond particles on black velvet, more than could ever be counted.  As beautiful as the night sky is, God is more beautiful.

3 – God is light.

Watch the sun rise, see the darkness melt away.  The sky turns pink and purple as the golden sun bathes the grass and trees in brightness, a heavenly wake-up call.  As bright as the daylight is, God is brighter.

4 – God is powerful.

Watch as hulking gray clouds appear and lightning flash, veins of fire lighting up the earth for an instant.  Listen as thunder crashes and roars.  As powerful as the storm is, God is more powerful.

5 – God provides.

Observe as rain falls from above, coming down in sheets.  Silver drops slide down your window, flow into puddles, quench the thirsty ground.  Flowers and grass and all sorts of crops will grow from this rain.  As abundantly as God provides for the fields, his provision for us is greater.

6 – God keeps his promises.

Look at the rainbow, an arc of color hung gently in the sky, a visible reminder of God’s promise never to destroy the world with a flood again.  As great as this promise is, the sum of God’s promises to us — promises of salvation and eternity and resurrection and heaven and hope — are far greater.

7 – God is love.

Why has God given us the blue sky and nighttime stars and morning light?  Why has he given us lightning and thunder and April showers and rainbows?  Because of His great love for us.  As the hymn goes,

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

— The Love of God, Frederick Martin Lehman

 

All this being said, there are some very important things the heavens cannot tell us.

1 — They cannot tell us God’s story.

The heavens cannot teach us about Abraham or David or Esther, about Israel and the prophets, about Peter or Paul.  They cannot teach us about the parting of the Red Sea or the miracle of the loaves and the fish.  They cannot tell us about how God created the universe in seven days.  They cannot tell us about Jesus — about how He is God and was in the beginning with God, about how he came to earth as a man, about how he died a criminal’s death to save us from our sins, about how we can live in Heaven with Him for eternity if we obey Him.  This brings us to:

2 — They cannot tell us how to live for God.

The heavens tell us that God exists, but they cannot tell us what God wants.  The heavens do not declare how to become a Christian.  They cannot tell us how to die to sin.  They cannot tell us how to love selflessly or how to give cheerfully or live with joy amidst pain.  They cannot tell us how to follow Christ or live a life of obedience to God.

There is only one place in which we can learn all these things, and that place is the Word of God.

So today, spend some time reflecting on what the heavens reveal to you about God.  But more importantly, spend some time in God’s Word, reflecting on what you learn about Him and His will for you through scripture.  Second Timothy 3:16-17 says:

“all Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

 

 

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