Read Psalm 19:1 (ESV)
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
How does creation reveal God’s existence?
It is a common occurrence at my house to come home and find an intricately decorated cake in our kitchen. The attention to detail on these cakes is incredible. Once, there was a baby on top designed out of fondant that looked so real it seemed to have little wisps of fine baby hair on its head and little wrinkles of baby chub under its arms. It was amazing!
But you know, never once have I just assumed these cakes appeared by chance. Of course not! It's not logical to think that something is just going to appear out of thin air! Even a child will tell you that. It’s obvious that someone has been in my kitchen baking a cake!
But it is the cake itself that tells me about the cake’s maker. This was the work of a master cake decorator. This is professional quality. I know that my boys did not make this cake! The cake proclaims the handiwork of my wife.
In today’s verse, David gives evidence for God’s existence—the heavens and the sky. Since the beginning of time, people have been fascinated by the sun, the moon, the stars, sunrises, and sunsets. It’s impossible to look at the sky without standing in awe. Maybe children express this fascination the best when they sing, “Twinkle, twinkle little star. How I wonder what you are.” The sky fills us with wonder.
Many scientists have devoted their lives to answering the questions we wonder about. What are stars? What is the sun made out of? Where do the colors come from on a sunrise or sunset? Why is the sky blue? Why does the moon change shape? Nowadays, we have the answers to many of those questions so you’d think our curiosity would be satisfied. But in reality, the more we learn about the universe, the more questions we have. We find out that the universe is much more vast than we could have ever imagined and we are so small.
We also find out that it has been “fine-tuned” for life. This level of precision casts serious doubts on any theories that claim the universe evolved randomly. This level of fine-tuning requires an intelligent Creator. For example, if the Earth would have been titled slightly more or slightly less, the conditions on Earth would be much too hot or much too cold to support life. But as it is, the temperature allows for life to thrive on this planet. God made the Earth to be inhabitable. Everything He did, He did with intention, purpose, and detail. And yet, some people still cling to the idea that this fine-tuned world created itself completely randomly.
Friends, cakes don’t bake and decorate themselves. And a world as complex as ours did not create itself either. All things were made through Him. When we study the precision of the sky, we ask a lot of questions. But King David asked a better question when he wrote Psalm 8:3-4: “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” He is so big and we are so small. He is so complex and we are so simple. Who are we that He cares for us? And yet, we can be sure that He does.
Creator God, You are incredible. When I study the sky, I am amazed at the work of Your hands. It helps me to rightly understand who I am in relation to You. Humbly, I ask You to work through me to bring You glory. Amen.