A devotional thought from Keith Whitfield for “The Bible (Part 1)”
Psalm 19:1-4: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge. There is no speech; there are no words; their voice is not heard. Their message has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.”
The sky reveals the glory of God. Every day, all day, and through the night, speech pours forth into the world to all people. The speech is coming from the sky, as God speaks through His creation. Like an artist, He paints His message on a canvass, and His canvass is the heavens. We can’t get away from it.
The heavens proclaim God’s majesty and glory. This is not a message fully communicated by words alone, for God’s glory must fill the earth. Nor is it fully communicated in the heavens, because God’s creatures have impaired spiritual sight.
So, while people see God’s glory, they don’t recognize it as God’s glory. They actually give glory to created objects rather than the Creator. Speech comes forth from the heavens, but the message is received with distortion. When we stand under the star-filled sky, we are like amateurs in an art museum. We don’t know what we are looking at.
That’s why God makes Himself known to us not only through the sky but also through His written Word by the power of His Spirit. The Word and the Spirit are a greater benefit to us in our spiritually blind state. The Word is perfect. It can convert ours souls from rebellion against God to living for God. It shows our sinfulness and misery in departing from God and the necessity of our return to Him. It’s teaching is true, and we can fully depend upon it.
Pause and Reflect
• Is it significant to you that God wants you to know Him?
• What are some things in your life that keeps your knowledge of God from growing?