"The Heavens Declare - Part 2"
Last week in this space I wrote about the magnificent things we can see as we look around at all God has created. As Psalm 19:1 says, "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands."
But although verses 1-6 of Psalm 19 are all about God's glories, as shown in His mighty works of creation, this Psalm is not really meant to be simply an "Ooooh....Ahhhhh" kind of thing. It's not all about heavenly fireworks just for the spectacle of it all.
Rather, the first six verses of Psalm 19 merely set the stage for the remainder of the Psalm, where an even more important message is presented. While we ponder in awe the greatness of God, the glory of God and the overwhelming power of Creator God, verses 7-10 remind us that this same God – who put in place the laws that govern the physical universe – is the same God who has put in place the laws that govern mankind, and, more to the point, man's relationship with God.
"The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes 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...." (Vs. 7-9a).
This same God whose power created and holds in place the entire universe is the same God Who wants to have a personal relationship with you! This powerful God is the same One who's made it possible to have a relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.
After David tells us of God's glory through His creation and after he reminds us that God's law is perfect, too, he reminds us in verse 11 that these things should serve as a warning to us – a warning that we absolutely need to be in right relationship to this Almighty God!
Unfortunately, mankind has all too often chosen to ignore (or reject) the obvious. Paul wrote, "For since the creation of the world, His [God's] invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they [people of the world] are without excuse..." As a result, "...they did not glorify God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools..." (Romans 1:20-22).
Reversing the bad example Paul gives us, it's clear that we need to glorify God and thank Him for his many blessings while keeping our thoughts on Him.
God, after all, is more concerned about you – personally – than He is about His entire universe. Have you thought about that? All of the rest of creation is not as important to Him as His people – you, me, all who know, love and serve Him. Christ said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away..." (Matt. 24:35). But people -- Adam's race -- were made to live forever – and they will, either in eternal heavenly fellowship with God or in eternal punishment.
In Psalm 8, the writer is overwhelmed by all this: "When I consider your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you visit him?" (Verses 3-4).
Consider the awesomeness of the universe, the stars, the galaxies, the miracles of creation here on Earth. But Christ didn't die for them. He died for you. "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends" (John 15:13).
It's no coincidence that David ends Psalm 19 addressing "the Lord" who he acknowledges is "My strength and my Redeemer." A thousand years before Christ, David believed – and knew – that God would send His promised Redeemer. And he knew this because this mighty God, who created the universe as a testimony to Himself, also created us with an awareness of Him – if we will just open our eyes to see.
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