Time to Shine! | Psalm 19:1-6
Psalm 19:1-6 For the director of music. A psalm of David. 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 reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun. It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is deprived of its warmth.
For some reason I am impressed with the magnificence of the heavens each summer when we visit our family in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma sky is big and we are away from the city lights. Often Lori and I stand outside and gaze at the stars. We check out the Big and Little Dipper, the Seven Sisters, the North Star and a bunch of other constellations that we try to locate on our star locator app. One thing is for sure: The heavens declare the glory of God.
C. H. Spurgeon wrote that “the book of nature has three leaves, heaven, earth, and sea, of which heaven is the first and the most glorious, and by its aid we are able to see the beauties of the other two.” True, isn’t it? When we look up into the sky we see God’s glory displayed in the stars.
The same God whose glory shines in the sky desires to shine in and through you. Paul says that he wants us to “shine like stars in the universe” (Philippians 2:15). Maybe you don’t feel much like shining today. In fact, some circumstances in your life are making you feel rather dull. I encourage you to look up. God loves you so much he sent his only Son to die on a cross just for you. Through Christ you can let your light shine in such a way that people see God at work in your life. Ready? Time to shine!
Father, thank you for revealing yourself in the heavens. I pray that you would reveal yourself personally to all who are reading these words. Through Christ allow each one of us to “shine like stars in the universe.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.