* NOTE – I had to take a break from the series on Calvinism for this week but will pick it up again next week.
Psalm 19:1-6 (NASB)
1 The heavens are telling of the glory of G-d;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
2 Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their utterances to the end of the world.
In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
6 Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
In his book, What is Reformed Theology, theologian and teacher, R.C. Sproul, notes that there are three ways that man learns about G-d.
The study of Scripture is the most common. Regular study of the Word can build our faith like nothing else can. It teaches us how to glorify G-d, how to walk a sanctified life, and how to love G-d and our neighbors.
The study of history also demonstrates G-d’s nature and will, Many men and women, having run the race before us, have poured their lives into studying and walking out the Scriptures in a practical way. Learning their way of thinking and bringing it up against the Word can teach us much about HaShem.
The study of nature is the third way we learn about G-d. This reaches out to everyone; even those who won’t study Scripture or the history of what brought us here, can still learn about the Creator of the world in this way.
Psalm 19 has much to tell us about Adonai’s glory and how it is evident on the earth. Looking into the night sky with its starry scene; watching the sunrise with the brightness of His glory; and sharing a beautifully painted sunset canvas with a loved one are all pleasures we can experience that prove our Maker does exist.
“The heavens are telling of the glory of G-d; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech and night to night reveals knowledge.” Psalm 19:1-2 (NASB)
The skies shout out with praise to G-d all day and night. They are filled with His glory and the works of His hands. The sun and clouds speak of Him during the day, and the moon and stars reveal the knowledge of Him throughout the night.
This image, known as the Hubble Ultra Deep-Field, took over nine years to compile from photos taken by the Hubble telescope. This picture shows one thirteen-millionth of the total area of the sky. Yet it is estimated to contain over 10,000 objects at a distance of up to 59,000 light years away. While the Bible says that G-d finished His creation work in six days, we can see that the majority of the acts of His creation are still unknown to us.
So the entire universe declares the glory of G-d and it does so in a silent but persistent way.
“There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their utterance to the end of the world. In them He has placed a tent for the sun.: Psalm 19:3-4 (NASB)
Although nature speaks boldly about her Creator, she does this in a visual way. She has no voice, and makes no speech. Instead, we see the glory of the rising sun in the east that reflects the Son of G-d. It teaches us to look to the east for our hope, to the city of Jerusalem where G-d will reign when He returns to earth. The sun warms us and gives life to this world, just as the Son gives life to those dead in their sins.
Dr. Henry Morris, founder and president of the Institute for Creation Research, says, “Scientists now know that the heat energy transmitted to the earth by solar radiation empowers all activity on earth, either directly (e.g. wind, rains) or indirectly (plant life through photosynthesis, and therefore also animal and human life).”
In other words, the sun is responsible for giving and maintaining all life on earth and is a witness of G-d’s Son who gives us life.
All of creation witnesses this continually. Man is without excuse when he looks up to the sky.
In our age of knowledge and learning, we try to explain away G-d with science. We think that we have no need of a Creator since science can explain that everything can be accomplished without a G-d.
But having a scientific explanation for what we see does not mean there is not a Creator full of wisdom and knowledge. It means, instead, that we have a Creator that blesses us with His wisdom and knowledge. He uses His works to declare Himself to us.
And this is where the believer differs from the unbeliever. This witness of nature is only an external calling for those who reject the Messiah but it is an internal calling for those who walk in the Spirit.
Some cannot accept what they plainly see. To acknowledge that the heavens declare G-d’s glory is to also acknowledge that there is a Ruler of the Universe; That they are not in charge but He is.
So they make up other gods, or declare that there is no god, in order to put themselves in control of their life.
Romans 1:20-23 says, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they (the ungodly and unrighteous) are without excuse. For even though they knew G-d, they did not honor Him as G-d or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible G-d for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.”
In order for man to deny G-d, they had to invent gods in other images. Some resemble men, some beast, some are birds and others take the form of the lowest creatures on the planet. But man uses all of them in his refusal to acknowledge Adonai. Instead, he attempts to regain power for himself by creating a god in his own image.
This goes against the work of G-d. Yeshua came to end that struggle for us by reconciling us to the Father. He delivered us from the consequences of our sin. His sacrifice is the pivotal point of all of creation. It is the reason that nature declares the glory of G-d.
Let us walk in a way that acknowledges our Creator and appreciates the beauty of His work.
Blessed are You, O L-rd, our G-d, Ruler of the Universe, Who created all things for Your glory so that we might know the work of Your hands.