1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
3 There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
4 Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
Psalm 19:1-4 (NIV)
It is one of those mornings. The sun rising in the east is a blaze of fire that even banks of white clouds can’t subdue. There is a light mist falling and to the west the grey clouds interrupt the blue of the sky. And there, arching across the sky is a rainbow, shadowed ever so faintly by its twin. On mornings like this the opening verses of Psalm 19 always come to mind. The heavens declare the glory of God!
Declare. Definition: manifest, reveal, show. Declare has never seemed like a timid verb to me. Declare is the sound of trumpets blowing, announcing that something important is about to be said. Declare stands in the center of the city, lifts its head and states the facts with certainty.
We are surrounded by the declaration of God’s glory. Notice it today. Look out your window, go outside, look at the sky, the horizon, the intricacy of a flower. Marvel at a God who is far greater than even the span of the sky. And then ponder this. The heavens aren’t the only thing declaring God’s glory. We are supposed to declare it as well. This week, consider how your life can declare God’s glory, either in words or in deeds.
1 Sing to the Lord a new song;
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Sing to the Lord, praise his name;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
3 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
4 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
5 For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
6 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and glory are in his sanctuary.
7 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of nations,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;
bring an offering and come into his courts.
9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth.
10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.
11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let the sea resound, and all that is in it;
12 let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them.
Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy;
13 they will sing before the Lord, for he comes,
he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples in his truth.
Psalm 96 (NIV)