June 5, 2017
The Glory of God
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. Psalm 19:1-3
For some reason, I am impressed with the magnificence of the heavens each summer when we visit our family in Oklahoma. Maybe my awareness is due to the big Oklahoma sky. Maybe it's because we are away from the city lights. Or maybe it's because during our time away, I slow down enough to look up. Often Lori and I stand outside and gaze at the stars. We check out the Big and Little Dippers, the Seven Sisters, the North Star and other constellations that we try to locate based on our star locator app. But one thing's 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" (C.H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David, Volume 1, Hendrickson Publishers, 1984). True, isn't it? When we look up into the skies we see God's glory displayed in the stars.
The same God, whose glory shines in the sky, desires to shine in you 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 that 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 of us to "shine like stars in the universe." In His name. Amen.