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.

Psalm 19: 1, 2

 

This world is a very noisy place. Now, most of us would probably readily agree with that idea as there are machines and vehicles running everywhere, music playing constantly, and our phones are now “lit up” with prompts that inform us of incoming posts. Many people go through their days with the world’s noise shut out by the personal form of it that is running through ear buds and headphones straight into our consciousness. All of this sound might tend to drown out the voice of God as it fills us with this world’s rhythms and wordless music; but, somehow, I think that the Lord’s speech will still get through to any of us who desire to listen and that His words of righteous truth will penetrate to the depths of our souls as they go far deeper into us than the outer shell of sound that attempts to insulate us.

 

The wonder, majesty, and glory of God are so powerful in their beauty and so prevalent in their universal presence that it is not possible to ignore them. They fill the sky with reminders of God’s handiwork. They also demonstrate His thoughtful engagement with our world and in each of our lives with the finely tuned details of the changing of the sky from day to night and from season to season. God provides for our physical needs in the bounty of this earth, and He fills up our souls with the indwelling of His Spirit and all of the gifts that come to us through that relationship. There is nothing that we truly require that is lacking from God’s design for our world as we are given all of the love, grace, comfort, and forgiveness that we will require to sustain us through the days of our lives.

 

The Lord also provides us with the all of the knowledge that we will need to use in all aspects of living well in our world. It is as if the natural world is speaking out the language of truth to our hearts and into our minds. For God’s word of life so permeates His creation that it is taken in by us in things as basic and as fundamental as the air that we are breathing. The Lord envelopes His people in His knowledge of how the world operates and of what we should be thinking, saying, and doing in order to follow Him into living in an upright and a just manner throughout our days. Christ and His Spirit infuse us with the wisdom that operates out of Godly knowledge in order to process the world, its people, and our place among them and in it in a way that leads us to bring glory to Christ’s name in all that we do in life. The Lord surrounds us with His presence in order to fill us up with the knowledge of Him that leads us into wisdom that prepares us to love others with the redemptive form of love that Christ has for all of the world.

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