Psalm 19:1-14 (ESV)
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat. The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Who can discern his errors? Declare me innocent from hidden faults. Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
It never fails to amaze me how much God loves us. He has created the heavens and the earth. He has given us life. He has blessed us and forgiven us for the times we have failed to do what He demands. This psalm, attributed to David, talks about he glory of the created universe. This is the same thing that it refers to in Romans when it says that there is no excuse for those who deny God, for all creation points to Him.
I love spending time in the woods, and the mountains. I love to look up at the stars at night away from the city and see the handiwork of God. God did not need to create all this for Himself. He created it because He creates. He created it, because He wanted to make us, and He knew that we needed the sustainment that a perfectly ordered universe would provide.
Those who deny there being a God, are just not paying attention. We would never suppose that a watch threw itself together, and yet, here we live in a balanced universe, infinitely more complex, tuned, and precise than the finest watch, and some deny that it was created. It just happened, they say.
I do not, can not deny, that God is marvelous. He not just created all the beauty, but He created us, and loves us beyond our imagination. I am continually impressed with the grandness and scope of the universe. It thrills me to no end, to see His creation and to marvel at the endless variety and yet that it all works together.
Now, because of our sin, this world is eventually going to wear out like a garment, and God will create a new heaven and a new earth. He has promised this in His Word. Those of us who put our faith in Him, who have repented of our sin, and trust in Jesus for salvation will live with Him for eternity in the New Jerusalem described in Revelation. I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to that. No matter how good life is here now, or how bad it gets as we approach the end of all time, my consolation is in God’s promise that we will be with Him for eternity.
Let God’s promise of complete redemption, not just for you and me, but for all creation bring you comfort as you meditate on the psalm above. Let God’s grace, mercy, and the beauty of His creation bring you comfort and peace, but also create in you a desire for Him and all His glory.
by Virgil Stripes
photo: Mt Hood, OR