Nature is Not Enough (Life Journal – 2/4/2015)

Scripture

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.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world. (Psalm 19:1-4 NIV)

Observation

David opens this Psalm with this praise of God’s speaking in creation

These words are ones of contrast? God’s glory and God’s work, day and night, creation without speech yet a voice that reaches the ends of the earth.

Also repetition – heavens and skies, day and day, night and night, sound and speech.

David will go on to speak of the Law – God’s revelation. This opening portion is distinct from that – nature / creation reveal some things about God but not all. These verses both complement and contrast the later portion of this Psalm that speaks of the law and God’s revealed wisdom.

Application

Today is one of those days that I do not know why these verses grabbed me. Usually my mind is overrun with ideas and thoughts, images and applications. Today not so much.

David’s words in this Psalm remind me, I think, that the world around me may seem to deny God’s existence but it does in truth testify to it.

BUT is it not enough – it is not enough to know what nature passively reveals. It is not enough to be awe-struck by the wonders of the world. It is like science – science has penetrated and revealed that natural world in a way that our eyes alone cannot comprehend. And that teaches us about medicines and other good things besides food that come from that nature. Things that simply observing and even celebrating will not reveal.

There is a moral order, a spiritual creation that requires God’s Word to know. The Law and the Prophets told us much and still do about that “other” order of things and what it says about the God behind it.

Prayer

Glorious God, you speak in the sky and in the earth. Your glory is revealed in what you have made. But speak to me even more forcefully in the Law, in the Word that you have left us. Speak more plainly through your Spirit than in the sky, more powerfully in the word than in the wonder of creation. May the glory and awe I see outside drive me inside to hear anew your perfect law and teachings. Amen.

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