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.
If you have ever stood on the craggy top of a mountain to see for miles around, watched the evening sunset in all its glorious color, or stared out on a clear night sky to see thousands of stars – you know the truth of what David writes in this psalm. God’s glory is seen in the beauty of this earth. The skies proclaim what a wondrous God we have, who made all this beauty and endowed us with the capacity to appreciate it.
I thank God for people who hear God’s word in nature even if they do not perceive the need for Jesus or salvation in him. They find peace in a boat on a quiet summer’s day going fishing. They are exhilarated climbing to the top of a rugged trail. They sleep under the stars and find comfort that they are there. God uses whatever means God can for us to turn to him and acknowledge him as Lord of all. Appreciation of nature is but step one in finding God and turning one’s life over to him, but it is a good one, nevertheless.
Creation has no words or language per se. It employs the truth that a picture is worth a thousand words. God speaks to us apart from the vibrations that come through the auditory channels of our ears. Yet God longs for us to draw near to him, however it happens, and through whatever means is best for us to perceive him and love him and acknowledge his name. Praise God for the wordless glory of the heavens and earth!
Dear God, you put a hole in us that needs to be filled. We long for life to have meaning. We want to make a difference somehow. Fill us with the joy of being loved by you, the amazing truth of being placed on this earth for a purpose. Let us give you the praise, no less than the wind rustling through leaves or moving on the surface of the waters. Let us love you exuberantly, like all the colors of creation, in Jesus Christ our savior. Amen.