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February 23

Psalm 19:1-6

1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. 2 Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge. 3 There is no speech; there are no words; their voice is not heard. 4 Their message has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens He has pitched a tent for the sun. 5 It is like a groom coming from the bridal chamber; it rejoices like an athlete running a course. 6 It rises from one end of the heavens and circles to their other end; nothing is hidden from its heat. — Psalm 19:1-6

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

by Andy Beal

I recently spent time serving on a mission journey to Nepal. During our stay, we spent a night in a mountaintop hotel known for its incredible views of the Himalayan Mountains. It was long after dark when we arrived, so we had to wait until morning to see the view. Our entire team made plans to rise before dawn to watch the sun come up over the mountains.

There is no way to communicate in written words what we saw as the sun crept over the mountains that morning. Even the pictures I took cannot do it justice. As the sun rose, I saw the glory of God displayed in a way I had never seen before. My heart was stirred in a way that led to me wiping tears from my eyes and thanking God for allowing me to see such beauty.

What is it about seeing majesty in creation that stirs our hearts to worship? Psalm 19 gives us a glimpse into the answer.

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands.”

The writer of this psalm helps us understand why our hearts are stirred when we see or experience such things. In seeing these things, God is revealing His glory to us through the work of creation. He is showing us how much He loves us by allowing us to see and enjoy His handiwork.

You don’t have to travel to Nepal to experience this. Every day is filled with this reality. From the rising of the sun to the laughter of a child, God reveals His glory and His love for us in His creation. His creation also includes you! The care and craftsmanship displayed in a sunrise is the same that was used to create you and every detail of your life.

Many times we get so busy that we fail to recognize how God is revealing Himself to us every day. Take time today and every day to “stop and smell the roses.” Watch the sun come up, gaze into a star-filled night sky, or take a walk—all while giving praise to God for what He has made. In doing this, your heart will be stirred to worship your Creator who loves you.

Praxis

  1. Take time today to recognize God’s glory in His creation, and let it stir your heart to worship Him.
  2. Since you are a part of God’s creation, how might you use your life today to declare the glory of God to a watching world?