The Heavens Declare

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Although I was busy with various chores inside the house, I made several trips outside to observe the total lunar eclipse on February 20, 2008. As the earth’s shadow eclipsed more and more of the moon, I marveled. (Naturally, I took pictures in order to chronicle the event!)
I gazed in amazement as the white moon appeared to transform into a reddish orange ball. As I looked around, I noticed that as the moonlight diminished, the stars seemed to twinkle more brightly against the blackness of the night sky. Beautiful. Beautiful.
I shivered, not so much from the chill in the winter air as from the thrill of seeing such an awesome sight. As I drew my robe around me, I recalled these words of David, found in Psalm 19:1-4: “The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display his marvelous craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or a word; their voice is silent in the skies; yet their message has gone out to all the earth, and their words to all the world.”
How true! The heavens do show and proclaim His handiwork. They do so without a word, yet there is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. People around the world have the opportunity to see the marvelous things He does in the heavens (and throughout the earth, as well).
Even though not all persons attribute such awesome events to the work of God, yet “the truth about God is known to them instinctively. God has put this knowledge in [every heart]. From the time the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky and all that God made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God” (Romans 1:19-20).
Sadly, not all who see with their physical eyes also see with their spiritual “eyes.” Some seem blind to the truth the heavens declare about the glory and majesty of God.
But those who do see the truth proclaimed in and by the heavens, pause to worship the God who created the world and continues to sustain it. They, like David, say, “When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you have set in place—[I wonder] what are mortals that you should think of us, [what are] mere humans that you should care for us?” (Psalm 8:3-4).
Indeed, looking up at the vastness of the heavens and the glories displayed there causes the believer to be amazed that God could care for him or her. Yet, He does!
As Jesus pointed out, the very hairs on our head are all numbered. Each strand that falls out is accounted for. (See Matthew 10:30). And the same God who watches so carefully over the little sparrows, which are worth little in the eyes of the world, watches over you and me. If not one of the sparrows can fall to the ground apart from God’s awareness, surely He takes note of what’s going on in our lives.
That alone should make us say, as David did: “Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens. May your glory shine over all the earth” (Psalm 57:11).
© 2008 by Johnnie Ann Burgess Gaskill, www.jgaskill.com. Scriptures quoted are from the New Living Translation (NLT).

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