The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

THE HEAVENS DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD

(Psalm 19:1-4)

by Wayne S. Walker

     "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tabernacle for the sun" (Psa 19:1-4). These verses suggest that there is a testimony to the existence of God in the sky. The heavens are the material universe, the region of the sun, moon, and stars. To declare means to announce, proclaim, or make known. And the glory of God refers to that which constitutes God’s honor–His wisdom, power, skill, the sum total of his perfections.

     This testimony is effective. "The firmament shows His handiwork." The heavens exist. Something cannot come from nothing, so they had to come from something. This should make us think. David also wrote, "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?" (Psa 8:3-4). From what source did the heavens, the moon, and the stars come that man can see and appreciate them? The Bible gives the answer. "By the word of the Lord, the heavens were made, and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth" (Psa 33:6).

     This testimony is continual. "Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge." Life on earth is dependent on the heavens, specifically the light and heat of the sun, which controls our weather and makes the things that we need possible. Because this was created by God, Paul said, "Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness" (Acts 14:17). Every day and night as we wake up, go to bed, buy food, feel the wind, and see the rain, we experience the evidence of God’s existence. No, we cannot see God, but the evidence is so strong that, "By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible" (Heb 11:3).

     This testimony is silent. The word "where" is in italics, indicating that it was interpolated by the translators. The American Standard Version reads, "There is no speech nor language; their voice is not heard." My family and I once visited the house in St. Joseph, MO, where Jesse James lived when he was killed. Jesse James is not alive today to talk to us. None of the items in that museum audibly said anything about Jesse James. Yet, their very existence speaks volumes. Though they make no sound, the very existence of the heavens tells us, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth" (Gen 1:1).

     This testimony is universal. "Their line has gone out through all the earth." There is no place on earth where the witness of God’s sun cannot be seen and felt. Therefore, Paul wrote, "Because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world, his invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and godhead, so that they are without excuse" (Rom 1:19-20). Thus, everywhere on earth men have visible evidence upon which to conclude, "For every house is built by someone, but he who built all things is God" (Heb. 3:4).

     (—taken from Biblical Insights; March, 2005; Vol. 5, No. 3; p. 23)

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