Creation & the Cosmos: God Bringing Glory to Himself
- Wednesday, August 01, 2007
David tells us, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:1-4, NIV). So, what do the planets, the stars, the moons, the heavens, and the universe proclaim? Foremost, the masterpiece of creation discloses this: God is worthy of worship.
However, life’s hectic tempo, countless amusements, and endless diversions render us oblivious to cosmic cues to praise and ponder the Lord’s great deeds. If we took time out of our busy schedules and daily routines, if we would slow our paces, still our bodies, quiet our minds, and turn our thoughts to God, we would find as the psalmist did that His splendor projected by celestial radiance leads one to praising, rejoicing, and singing (See Psalms 145:1-5). God’s majestic qualities resonate throughout the cosmos. But often we miss creation’s shouts and proclamations. Nature’s testimony falls on deaf ears and mute hearts; not only do we miss being impressed by God’s magnificence, we often fail to gain admiration, reverence, and affection that lead to spontaneous worship.
If you live in a rural area where the night sky is clear or have been in a place away from bright lights, you’ve probably noticed that stars are the most visible things in the heavens. We are surrounded by stars. A view David was very familiar with. Imagine a young David tending the family herd. While the sheep sleep and recover from the day’s escapades in the pastures, David’s eyes drift to the heavens and within his heart he begins to contemplate God’s awesome nature. There were no televisions. No satellite dishes. No digital cable. No 300 channels to divert his attention.
Have you ever stopped to consider how thin the book of Psalms may have been if David had lived in our day of XBoxes, palm pilots, portable DVD players, and all the other electronic gadgetry that enthralls modern society? Can you image his cell phone ringing while he’s writing any of the great praise psalms? What beautiful metaphors and descriptions of the invisible God would not be available to us today? What wonderful portraits of intimacy would not have been immortalized to burn in our hearts and to spur us on to pursue knowledge of God? With the day’s work done, free from distractions, David turned his thoughts to the Divine Architect and directed his intellectual and creative energies to the marvelous, sparkling tapestry above.
The Milky Way Galaxy—our home system of stars, dust and gas bound together by gravitational force, burned in his eyes. Scientists believe 200 billion stars and many billion solar systems beside our own reside in the Milky Way. Wait. Did you grasp that? Our very own neighborhood in the universe contains more than two hundred thousand million stars and more than a thousand million solar systems. Scientists further estimate that the universe—the entire creation—contains hundreds of billions of galaxies—that’s hundreds of thousand million galaxies with each galaxy holding hundreds of thousand million stars and solar systems. Now maybe we get a hint of the wonder that led David to express, “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens” (Psalm 8:1-2).
Lean in closely now... He created everything with His voice.
He spoke... and the universe came into existence.
God’s glory, David tells us, fills the heavens. The word glory means majesty. It describes God’s stateliness, His impressiveness in scale or proportion, His greatness. Creation doesn’t exist simply to provide us a home or for us to enjoy it. The universe exists to show forth God’s immeasurable, unquantifiable, indescrible, and awesome characteristics. The celestial realm’s great expanse magnifies God’s enormity and reminds us that God is worthy of worship. Occasionally some of us do need reminding.
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