“The heavens declare the glory of God…”
In this Psalm, David offers us two important ways in which God reveals Himself to us. He has revealed Himself to us in His work (namely Creation) and in His word (the Law).
In His work of creation God shows Himself as magnificent, majestic, limitless and infinite in both imagination and power. He shows Himself as worthy of our deepest devotion and reverent respect.
All we have to do is look up.
“The Heavens declare the glory of God.” And they do it relentlessly – imparting wonder and fascination within our hearts. They speak volumes without ever saying a word. “Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.” There is no place on earth where can escape their declaration.
God made us to look to the heavens and wonder – to draw inspiration and expectation from the One Who displays His glory there.
The heavens invite us to think about the One Who placed every star in place. The One Who was mighty enough to roll out the magnificent canopy of space. The One Who enables the motion of the stars and the planets – who decrees the order of all things… in infinite display.
As human beings, the thing we need to know is that the Creator of the magnificence of the heavens is also big enough to accomplish such amazing things in our own lives. That He is big enough to come to our aid when life gets unbearable – or the challenges in front of us are just too great for us.
We need to know that He is able to do things beyond all we could ask, think or even imagine (see Ephesians 3:20!) – as evidenced by His handiwork all around us… as continually testified by the immense canopy of the heavens.
David draws our focus away from the problems and troubles of this life… to look up and see the evidence of the One Who made all of this to spark our sense of wonder. If He could make such majestic things in the heavens, surely we hope that He seeks to display His majesty and magnificence on this earth as well.
And when we discover the fact that WE are His crowning act of creation (Genesis 1:26-27)… we know for certain that our hope is true.