The Heavens Declare!!
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1 This has long been one of my favourite Psalms. Don’t miss verse 13.
This is one of the clearest biblical statements that nature itself is meant to show the greatness of God. These words are in the present tense. That is, the heavens “are declaring,” and the sky “is proclaiming” the creative work of God. It’s a continual display. What we see in nature is meant to constantly show us that God exists and tell us how amazing a Creator He truly is.
Romans 1 also ties into this idea. God has revealed enough of Himself in nature that nobody has an excuse for rejecting Him or for doing what is wrong. “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 are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20). The heavens declare the glory of God.
God reveals Himself in nature so that no one will be able to plead ignorance of His existence on the last day. His message gets through, and we can appeal to creation as proof of His existence when we are talking with unbelievers.
Romans 1:20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:14-16 And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years, and let them be lights in the vault of the sky to give light on the earth.” And it was so. God made two great lights—the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars.
Amos 5:8 He who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning and darkens the day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the surface of the earth, the Lord is his name;
Isaiah 44:24 Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,
Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name, by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing.
Psalm 8:3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place.
Nehemiah 9:6 “You are the Lord, you alone. You have made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them; and you preserve all of them; and the host of heaven worships you.
Romans 1:19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
Jeremiah 10:12 It is he who made the earth by his power, who established the world by his wisdom, and by his understanding stretched out the heavens.
Psalm 147:4 He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.
In his chapter on the majesty of God in the masterful Knowing God, J.I. Packer says that the first step in apprehending the greatness of God is “to realize how unlimited are his wisdom, and his presence, and his power.” But then he advises readers to look at the specific glories and wonders of the world, recognizing that just as they dwarf us, so God dwarfs them.
The most universally awesome experience that mankind knows is to stand alone on a clear night and look at the stars. Nothing gives a greater sense of remoteness and distance; nothing makes one feel more strongly one‘s own littleness and insignificance. And we who live in the space age can supplement this universal experience with our scientific knowledge of the actual factors involved—millions of stars in number, billions of light years in distance. Our minds reel; our imaginations cannot grasp it; when we try to conceive of unfathomable depths of outer space, we are left mentally numb and dizzy.
But what is this to God? “Lift your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one, and calls them each by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing” (Is. 40:26). It is God who brings out the stars; it was God who first set them in space; he is their Maker and Master—they are all in his hands and subject to his will. Such are his power and his majesty. Behold your God!
In grade 7 or 8 I remember taking a trip to the Planetarium in Toronto. Once they started the show I remember being completely awed by the sights of the stars. Now we have spacecraft on Mars. And one headed way out into space. Nasa has made it’s image galleries free to access at https://images.nasa.gov/. The pictures are incredible. So many that we have only discovered in the last 20 years. Imagine that God put those out there just waiting for us to have the technology to see them and wonder at His greatness.
WOW, is always what comes to my mind when I see those pictures, like the one at right. There must be a creator!!