God’s revelation to man is the theme of this psalm. It is amazing that God speaks to us at all. Many men and woman, like throughout all of history, have no desire to listen to God, yet He graciously continues to speak. This Psalm brings our attention to the fact that God speaks to us in three ways. We are going to look at the first way and then look at the others in the following weeks.
He Speaks in the Skies (19:1-6)
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. 3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. 5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. 6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.
God’s wisdom, power, and glory are seen in His creation. Our culture would like us to think that global warming is dictating the different weather patterns and leave God out, but the psalmist looked at the marvels of heaven and earth and saw God. There are also many other Psalms that marvel at God’s power through the earth (Psalm 8, 29), just to mention a few. Jesus mentions God’s handiwork in the lilies and the birds (Matthew 6:24-34). “Day after day they pour fourth speech; night after night they display knowledge” Psalm 19:2. Verse 3 continues, “There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.” We hear the voice of God in creation by seeing His wisdom and power. This demands that there is a creator God and the sustainer of the earth. To think that the earth just evolved out of nothing and arranged itself in this orderly manner is impossible to imagine when we have a God like we do.
Creation speaks a universal language to all nations (vv. 3-4). The Apostle Paul mentions that all people everywhere are without excuse because God makes it plain to them in Romans 1:18-32.
Nature preaches a thousand sermons a day to the human heart. Each day begins with light and moves to darkness, from waking to sleeping, a picture of life without God. Each year moves from spring to winter, from life to death. We see the grass cut, fire destroying the waste, all the activities of nature are telling a story of God and from God. You would have to go through your day totally caught up in your own agenda to not see all the things God uses to speak. Maybe that is what we are guilty of from time to time.
Take the time today to listen for the voice of God all around you. You may be shocked at what He reveals to you.
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Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene