They’re presented as a two-volume set. Both are designed to speak to the souls of men–one more by how it is “tell-t”, the other by how it’s felt. Of the one, there are many translations and a myriad of ways it is packaged and presented. Of the other, only one copy, delivered every day in the same way. To enjoy the first, I most often hunch over my desk. To take in the other, I need to get outside and look up . . . look waaaayy up! And, it occurs to me, I tend to focus on the one and, for the most part, take for granted the other. And this morning, the volume I so often overlook, though it looks over me, seems to be whispering to my heart, “Can you hear me now?
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 measuring line goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
(Psalm 19:1-4a ESV)
Ask me what I know about Psalm 19 and I’d tell you it is about the Word of God. The law of the Lord. His testimonies, His precepts, His commandments and rules.
And what about them? They are perfect. Sure and right. Pure and clean. True and righteous altogether. Sufficient to revive the soul, to make wise the simple, to rejoice the heart, even as they enlighten the eyes. More to be desired than finest gold, they also ignite the soul’s taste buds, “sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb.” And beyond all the Word’s intrinsic beauty and worth, in the keeping of it there is great reward. That’s what I most often would say Psalm 19 is about.
But that’s only one of two glorious ways in which, the songwriter says, God has revealed Himself.
We had a young couple speak to our congregation last Sunday of their desire and leading to work with New Tribes Mission and to bring the gospel to an “unreached people group”–a group of people who have no access to the gospel. No access because their language is unknown outside their own group thus, no verbal communication possible of the good news, no written record of the God-breathed Scriptures, no fellowship of believers in the region to make disciples. I was so inspired by this young couple who are ready to dedicate their lives to bringing the gospel to the “end of the earth.” But while these hidden people may not have access yet to the one true gospel, a loving and self-revealing Creator has ensured that they have access to the one true God.
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 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.
(Romans 1:19-20a ESV)
The heavens declare the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship (NLT). And ours is but to look up. To hit the pause button on the multiple matters vying for our attention and to focus on God’s daily “I’m here” declaration. To hit the mute button on our cacophonous world and listen to that voice “not heard” yet speaks “words to the end of the world.”
“Can you hear me now?” asks every sunrise. “Do you get the glory?” is the call of every night sky.
A two-volume set. The heavens above me, the Bible before me.
“Creation reveals God as the Mighty One, the God of Power . . . His Word reveals Him as the One who enters into covenant relationship with His people. God’s works reveal His knowledge and power . . . His Word reveals His love and grace.”
– William MacDonald
Both make known a God who has gone to such great lengths to be made known–even taking on flesh. Both glorify the Creator who has withheld nothing in order to redeem His creation–even His own Son. Both invoke worship of Him who alone is worthy of worship and invites our offerings of praise–even opening wide the way into the Holy of Holies through the finished work of the cross.
The heavens declare. The skies proclaim. Mine is to look up and listen.
By His grace. That they might make known anew His glory.