It's right next to you
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. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words, to the ends of the world. In the heavens He has pitched a tent for the sun…. it rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat. Psalm 19:1-4, 6
In my quiet time, God brought me to this Psalm above. I drank in the words above like a warm beverage that illuminated me from my head to my toes. It was a tender reminder that His glory surrounds our every moment. There isn’t a direction we can take without the blessing of His handiwork and the assurance that His very hands are ever upon us.
I used to wonder about the verse that says all people would have an opportunity to know God. How could this be? Surely, there could be an exception. What about an isolated tribe of people high in the mountains of the Talamanca Range? Or what about people in the rain forests of the Congo? I believe this verse gives us insight into a witness not of flesh and blood, but of earth and sky.
God calls His believers to be witnesses for Jesus. He calls us to spread the Gospel and the love of Christ to everyone around us. We are an important part of that Gospel plan, but He also leaves an obvious mark all around us that can speak without words. Nature is a universal proclamation of God’s existence! To let your gaze fall on such a wonder of creation is to undeniably see the existence of a higher power. This stunning complexity bares a constant witness to God’s supreme knowledge and power. In the Scripture above, God says there is no speech or language where the voice of His Heavens and sky are not heard. Whether high in the mountains or down in the Congo, His creation gives testament to those who will have eyes to see and ears to hear. We only need to exhaust ourselves trying to count the stars in the heavens to know that Someone much more powerful than us had to have placed them there to count.
I love the verses about the sun and the picture He paints of it making its circuit over us. The sun is often used as a representation of God’s glory. Just as the sun rises on one end and sets in the other, covering every creature with its heat, so the glory of the Lord fills the expanse of the skies and all the earth, leaving every creature to feel the very presence of their Creator. Even now, I pause to close my eyes and think about some of the most beautiful things God has allowed my eyes to be graced with – everything from majestic volcanoes to the simple yet profound beauty of colored leaves dancing on the ground. My heart expands whenever I drink in these sites. They are like a personal love letter to me from Him.
What impacts me the most is a thought my heart returns to again and again. True artists create what’s inside of them. As a writer, I can tell you I only write what exists in my heart. Realizing that, when I look at the beauty of all God has created, my heart falls in love with Him because I know that what I’m seeing is merely a reflection of what’s on the inside of Him – of who He is. I’m a hopeless romantic at heart, and it makes me smile to know that God is the ultimate romantic, and that He longs to woo us close to Him with every beautiful thing around us.
The beauty of nature is mysterious and comforting. It’s a witness that never sleeps, and whether by sun or moon, displays its ever-changing shapes of beauty reflective of God’s own. With every breeze that brushes your sweet cheeks and every rain drop that wets your adorable head, He is making Himself real to you and asking you to see. Will you take a moment to gaze upon Him? In doing so, you’ll build your faith in His absolute power and grow your love for Him for His absolute beauty.
Speaking of beauty, one of God’s finest masterpieces is you. Everything He creates is beautiful, and you are no exception.
You alone are the Lord. You made the heavens, even the highest heavens, and all their starry host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to everything, and the multitudes of heaven worship You. Nehemiah 9:6
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