The Heavens Declare

Psalm 19

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hand. Day after day pours forth speech, and night after night declares knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth and their words to the end of the earth.”

Have you been spoken to lately by the stars? Have the clouds told you something about the world? Have you listened to the voice of the day and of the night? At first, these may seem like very strange questions. But there are places in the scriptures that talk about the natural world around us disclosing truths about God. And if I really think about it, this makes sense to me.

As much as we might be frustrated with aspects of our physical world (especially this winter!) it is nonetheless awe inspiring. At our most awe-struck moments, gazing at a beautiful sunset or taking in the panorama of a large canyon, we are reminded of the greatness of the world around us, and of the smallness of ourselves. That’s an important message. We want to feel that the world revolves around us, but one honest moment looking up at the Milky Way reminds us that we control very little. The heavens speak to us about our need to be cared for. The skies proclaim both God’s surprising power (storms) and caring nature (cloudless blue skies). So while the natural world can certainly cause obstacles, we might take a moment to allow nature to speak to us in new ways about the goodness of God.