PSALM 19 (Amplified)
1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows and proclaims His handiwork.
2 Day after day pours forth speech, and night after night shows forth knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor spoken word [from the stars]; their voice is not heard.
4 Yet their voice [in evidence] goes out through all the earth, their sayings to the end of the world. Of the heavens has God made a tent for the sun.
5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; and it rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
6 Its going forth is from the end of the heavens, and it scircuit to the ends of it; and nothing [yes, no one] is hidden from the heat of it.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the [whole] person; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure and bright, enlightening the eyes.
9 The [reverent] fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the ordinances of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold, even than much fine gold; they are sweeter also than honey and drippings from the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is Your servant warned (reminded, illuminated, and instructed); and in keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can discern his lapses and errors? Clear me from hidden [and unconscious] faults.
13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then shall I be blameless, and I shall be innocent and clear of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, impenetrable] Rock and my Redeemer.
“The heavens declare the glory of God….” Such a beautiful phrase! And yet, what does it mean?
How do the heavens declare His glory? What does it mean to us that day after day pours forth speech and night after night shows forth knowledge, that though the stars have no speech, their voice is heard in evidence through all the earth?
Just this: the heavens declare His glory, and the stars speak to us steadily without speech about God’s Way. All creation willingly submits itself to the sovereignty of God because it must. All creation exists in His peace, emanating His peace, for He moves freely throughout all of His creation, using it whatever way He wills because it is completely subject to Him. Only humanity was created with free will, necessitating an ongoing, conscious choice, whether to submit to the will of God (while trusting Him and resting in Him thus revealing His glory) or attempting to run away from His will.
Is He our God or is He not? If He is, then He is worthy of our trust. If He is not, then only our will matters and we are in control. But are we ever really in control, no matter what we decide? What power do we really have as individuals?
Thus we come full circle back to creation as a picture of God and His Way. Can we control the sun? He does. Can we cause the weather we want to come to pass? He can. Do we control earthquakes or hurricanes? He does.
We must re-assess our view of ourselves in light of the rest of creation, remembering we are the created, not the Creator. Like the heavens, our role is to display His glory, that more might know He is God: ambassadors and lamps to shine His Light for the brief generation in which He has placed us.
Every time we smile because we know He is with us, every time we reach out with compassion because we feel His Holy Spirit nudge, every time we choose to forgive because we call on Jesus and He gives us the strength we could not have on our own – in each of these circumstances and so many more we fulfill our life purpose every day because He is using us to reveal the glory of God.
We are blessed to let our lives declare His glory. We are blessed that He is in control and we are not. We can walk in constant peace which surpasses understanding and joy which is not determined by circumstances, but springs up from within because He is God.
Selah! [Pause and calmly think of that!]
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