Time spent in God’s Word is a wise investment.
I’ve discovered through the years that no matter how often I read familiar passages, new insights frequently arise. The revelation captures me, for His Word is the living and active communication of truth to my naturally limited understanding.
That happened the other day when I opened my Bible to Psalm 19. Picking up from the previous day’s reading, the very first verse took hold of me. “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” I couldn’t recall the number of times I’d read this, but in this moment it spoke to my heart of the manifold glories of God displayed in the sky. It didn’t take much to envision a glorious sunrise or breathtaking sunset that attests to the Creator’s hand. But there is so much more, for the sky is a canvass not only painted with scenes of beauty, but incredible power, order and mystery.
When was the last time you took in the wonder of the sky? Perhaps it was as far back as childhood, lying in the grass, letting your imagination soar with the floating shapes of clouds above. Maybe it has come more recently with a flash of lightening that unleashed it’s power and preceded rains of refreshment or fierce storms. Perhaps the cause of your gaze has been a thousand twinkling stars in the summer night and the wonder that they remain exactly in the place God set them from the beginning. Even unintentionally, the glow of a full moon on an autumn night or the icy clearness of a winter sky releasing soft flakes of snow cause us to look up. And beyond what we see with the naked eye are galaxies and planets, both known and mysterious.
In our hurried pace, we can so easily miss the glory and revelation that accompanies it; for the heavens provide evidence of an Intelligent Designer. Psalm 19 expresses it well. “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. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” God reveals a part of himself in nature and the wonder displayed is a testimonial that the Creator stands behind all of it. He has a Name. It is Jesus.
Whenever I look into the sky at its vast expanse and infinite wonder, I am amazed that the One who called it all into existence was willing to pass through it and come to us. The Bible tells us why. “He was in the world and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize him. He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”
It was into the sky that Jesus was lifted on a cross for our sins. It was into the sky that He ascended having accomplished the work of our salvation. It is from the sky that He will return for our full redemption. What a day that will be … and surely the heavens will declare His glory!