Declaring Glory – Psalm 19

“The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.”

Psalm 19:1-4

This is the revelation of God. He has evidenced His greatness, His glory, His power before our eyes every minute, day and night. Yet we often are too distracted to pay attention. We bury our heads or fix our eyes on the small and temporal, and we miss the infinitely glorious.

In the past I’ve missed the connection in this psalm, between creation declaring the glory of God and the next several verses focusing on His law, His testimony, His commandments. It seemed disjointed. But this morning, seeking the connection, I read the study notes in my Bible and they helped it become more clear. Both are revelations of God and His truth. Both declare who He is. Creation puts it before our eyes—the beauty, the grandeur, the perfect order. Scripture puts it in words our ears can hear and our hearts can believe.

This is how we see God in this life. I pray that we will not miss all that He is revealing about Himself. May creation never cease to take our breath away. May we not get wrapped up in minuscule details or worries, but rather look up and see His glory. And may we never tire of soaking up the depths of His Word. This precious Word, which speaks to us of His steadfast love and makes known to us His promises, His character, and the salvation and hope of glory He has given us in Christ.

Holy God, I pray that I would always desire Your Word more than gold. More than anything that looks desirable to my eyes. May I rejoice at Your Word like one who finds great spoil.
Lord, may this also be a challenge to us. While creation pours forth Your fame, it must also be uttered from our lips. For the sake of the lost, we must never tire. We have all seen Your glory and exchanged it for idols. But there is hope for us in Christ. The world will not know this hope if they do not hear. And they will not hear if someone doesn’t tell it to them.
So captivate us, Lord. Open our eyes to see Your glory. Awaken our ears to hear Your truth. Strengthen our hearts to know and recognize Your love. Embolden us to go forth in Your Spirit and share the reality of who You are and what You have done in our lives, who You show Yourself to be in our story and in Your perfect Word. As You send us, may our aim always be love, and may Your character be evidenced in our every action, word, and thought.

“The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.

Who can discern his errors?
Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
and innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be acceptable in your sight,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”
Psalm 19

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