“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber, and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy. Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them, and there is nothing hidden from its heat” (Psalm 19:1-6).
Wonder. The glory of God is declared by all of creation. There is no sphere or category of our world that is not good; every component reflects the goodness of our Creator. Psalm 19 speaks of two ways God speaks to us today. He speaks through his World, and his Word. The psalmist David writes (v. 7ff) “The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul. . . making wise the simple. . . rejoicing the heart. . . more to be desired than fine gold; sweeter also than honey.” God’s Word and God’s World are inextricably linked, tied together and inseparable. God spoke and the World was.
God’s voice continues to echo as God speaks to us by the Scriptures, providing for us ears to hear the terrestrial and cosmic symphony. Guided and directed by God’s Word, we can turn to God’s World and see, hear, taste, and experience God’s resplendent glory in all its vitality. God’s glory on display. God’s glory on display, because words fail to fully express the glory of God. In fact, God’s Word is described with categories created in God’s World. God’s Word is treasured “more than fine gold” and craved “more than honey.” God provides experiential expressions of himself and his glory.
“The heavens declare the glory of God. . . their voice goes out through all the earth” (v.6). The sun in its rising and setting is likened to an athlete, who runs his race with joy. David uses metaphor such as speech, a groom, and an athlete, to gesticulate with words God’s inexpressible glory.
Spring is a natural time for us to reflect on the glory of God’s Creation. Birds sing. Flowers speak. Stars dance through the night. Behold God’s glory this week. Glory in the anthill. Glory in the telescope. Glory in the apple pie. Glory in the grilled steak. Glory in the sun who joyfully runs across our sky.