The Heavens (and I) Declare!

“And God said, ‘Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.’ And it was so. And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.” Genesis 1:14-18

“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

“Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
    your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!” Psalm 89:5

“Praise the Lord!..

Praise him, sun and moon,
    praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
    and you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord!
    For he commanded and they were created.” Psalm 148:1,3-5

The thin fingernail of a moon glisten white against the black sky, nearly cupping the bright planet suspended above. As ink pales to deep violet, then grey-blue, dawn’s embers glow, then blaze along the horizon, heralding the coming sun with glorious fanfare. Indeed, every infinite layer and object of heaven announces the glory of the Creator and Sustainer! And all the hushed while, a lone mockingbird chirrups and cheeps and twitters and choops in staccato cheer through the heaven-kissed air to welcome the morning. (Hebrews 1:3; Colossians 1:15-17)

“You make the outgoings of the morning and evening rejoice.” Psalm 65:8b

I declare! God made the heavenly lights to rule time by separating day from night, season from season, and giving direction, and revealing the color of things. It is the nature of these lights to exalt Him through beauty, resplendence, orderly movement, and heat. By simply running their course, by swelling at the horizon and pulling the tide, by waxing and waning, by twinkling sparkles to pepper the night, by burning warmth through chill air, and by making plant life grow, all reflect the splendor of their Creator’s design and imagination.

“Let heaven and earth praise Him.” Psalm 69:34

As these orbs of rock and fire suspended by gravity are made to praise Him, so am I. Do I join their song at the start and end and middle of each day? What in my speech, and the way I run my daily course, glorifies God? (Isaiah 43:21; 49:3)

Glorious Lord, may I consistently lift high Your wonders, Your faithfulness, and Your name in all I do and say.

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