The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
2 Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
3 They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard.[a]
4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world.
As I read these verses my spirit jumped – something deep within me moved and I have been trying to figure out why. Why would these words hit me like this? I have read them a thousand times, I have probably preached them and taught on them in small groups. So why this day? Why is this day different than any other when reading these scriptures? It’s like God telling me to STOP – don’t just read them and move on….chew on them, meditate on them….I have something for you here.
So for the past 24 hours I’ve been doing just that….I must laugh because I am sure in MY MIND I’ve come up with a thousand reasons why God wants me to meditate on these scriptures, just like any human trying to figure out God and what He wants…. I think that way too often we figure things out in our heads that will make everything make sense when it comes to the “things of God” For a moment yesterday I thought maybe God wanted me to get alone in nature, without my Bible, without my phone or any books. Just sit high on a mountain top and HE WILL SPEAK something amazing to me!! You know one of those amazing moments that changes not only my life but gives me a message for the world to hear. Come off the mountain top and write a book, go on a speaking tour and lives are changed for eternity!! (I am exaggerating a little bit here….carrying it to the extreme) By the end of this though I could build a retreat on that very mountain top and people from around the world could find a place to “hear” the living God!!!
LOL I did have the thought that God wanted me to get away alone to hear his voice — the rest I just kind of rolled with and had some fun… SO bottom line on all of this stuff….man is to quick to try and “get” God – the mind of man tries to makes sense of the mind of God and usually we just mess it all up! We create “doctrines” from our minds…. we create entire institutions about God from our minds… we write books, hold seminars about the mind of God…and well the list goes on and on. Sense when does the mind of man understand the mind of God?
Why all of this? These scriptures are so very deep and yet so simple. I can spend hours trying to convince, writing sermons, blogs, post, or even books that God is real, that God created all things…..but through these simple 4 verses it says it all…..God’s GLORY is on display even in nature, salvation is possible even through nature!! God does NOT NEED ME TO try and convince anyone who He is. His very creation can do this!! I HAVE heard stories and met a few people who have been saved through nature and it’s an incredible thing to behold…. a POWERFUL truth that God is GOD.
To me God wanted me to see this…. that He has called me to preach the Word….but when it comes to His Glory, Salvation, proving who He is….I don’t need to figure that out…..I don’t really even need to preach on it or teach on it. All I need to do is be an Obedient Servant that speaks what He wants me to speak. He is NOT asking me to go to a mountain top and meditate (he may do this) He is letting me know that I have nothing to do with salvation, stop trying to figure out ways to help people “find Jesus” and allow God to be God… my calling is deep and is where He has me right now….I believe He has called me to equip the “body” and help prepare the Bride for the Bridegroom. Even if it’s just my family!!!
Salvation is not easy, it’s not cheap and it’s NOT as simple as raising your hand and saying yes to an emotional plea from a speaker. And yet at the same time Salvation is EASY and it’s FREE!!!!
Do I need to explain this statement?
I am loving this Psalm and plan on moving through it slowly.