1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
Psalm 19 contains beautiful imagery of the created earth and the majesty of God. I can imagine King David looking out into the massive expanse of the sky and realizing the power and creativity of God. Who else could create so many beings in such fine detail with a single word?
When we look around today, we still see the intricacies of God’s creations. In each and every plant, animal, and person, the fingerprint of God is visible. We often stand in awe of nature… in awe of God’s creation. It may be a sunrise or sunset. Perhaps standing on a mountain top or with our toes on the beach looking out into the vastness of the ocean. Regardless of the scene, there’s this moment when some realize that we are a small part of something bigger.
What I’ve come to find is that there are some who elevate creation above the creator.
This passage is a powerful reminder that the beauty, power, and majesty of the created world come from God and that we should honor him by worshipping and glorifying him not earthly things. Otherwise, we’ve allowed idols (created things) to overshadow the truth of who God is and forsaken the teachings of the Bible; from the first two of the ten commandments to Jesus’ command to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Let Psalm 19 remind you that we can find a revelation of the power of God in nature, but that revelation will never outshine the only true and living God.
REFLECT – Have you ever placed a created thing above Our Creator? Why do you think that was?
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