Fantastic Displays of God’s Craftsmanship

Once there was a missionary in one of the world’s backward countries who was trying to witness to a tribal chief. The chief has just pointed to his idols and said; “There are my gods, show me your God and perhaps I shall believe in Him.” The missionary explained … More

Revelation

We do not know for sure when David wrote this psalm but perhaps it was while he was a shepherd boy in the Judean hills lying on his back on a dark night; staring up into the starry heavens. This psalm tells us how God has revealed Himself in the sky as well as in the Scriptures. He is the God of creation and He is the God of revelation. We are surrounded by fantastic displays of God’s craftsmanship (vv. 1-6). The heavens give dramatic evidence of His existence, His power, His love, His care. To say that the universe happened by chance is absurd. Its design, intricacy and orderliness point to a personally involved creator. The apostle Paul referred to this psalm when he explained that everyone knows about God because nature proclaims God’s existence and power (Rom. 1:19-20). However, while nature points to the existence of God He still uses people to explain the Gospel.

Long before God wrote the Scriptures He wrote in the sky to reveal Himself. “The Heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handiwork” (v. 1). The apostle Paul referred to this psalm when he explained that everyone knows about God because nature proclaims God’s existence and power (Rom. 1:19-20) (vv. 2-3). This does not cancel the need for missions because the message of God’s salvation found in His Word must still be told to the ends of the earth. While nature reveals the existence of God, the Bible tells us about salvation. The sun as well as the stars speaks to all men everywhere without uttering a single word (vv. 4-6).

Application

I need to take my family outside on some clear dark night and just look into the sky and talk about all God has made and thank Him for it? Then talk about what we can do to spread His Word.

Psalms 19:1-6 (English Standard Version)

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.

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