Read: Psalm 19:1-14
Consider: Psalm 19 was written by David at a time when some nations of the world worshipped the sun, moon and stars as ‘gods’. While these civilisations worshipped their ‘gods’, the people of Israel believed in and worshipped the one true God.
David’s psalm tells us that God speaks to us (although silently) through creation (Psalm 19:1-6) and also through his Word (19:7-11).
In Psalm 19:1-4a we read: 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. God is revealed in his creation, if only people would see and understand. If you have watched many television programmes about astronomy, you will know that most of the presenters are in awe of the celestial bodies themselves, but fail to see the Creator behind them.
There is also an area of human ‘knowledge’ that purports to explain human behaviour through an understanding of the alignment of the celestial bodies. This is what one website says about astrology: ‘Astrology is the belief that the alignment of stars and planets affects every individual’s mood, personality, and environment, depending on when they were born. Astrologers print horoscopes in newspapers that are personalised by birth date. These horoscopes make predictions in people’s personal lives, describe their personalities, and give them advice; all according to the position of astronomical bodies’. There are even Christians who will religiously (excuse the pun) read their horoscope and allow it to create an excitement within them that something good is going to happen. Should this be so? As Christians we should clearly be influenced by God’s creation, appreciating its beauty and intricacy, but most of all we should see the Creator behind it all.
The next part of David’s psalm (verses 7-11) deals with the second way in which God is revealed to us and by which he speaks to us. Can you honestly say about God’s Word, as the psalmist does: They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb (Psalm 19:10)? Look with me at what the psalmist tells us about God’s Word. David tell us that it ‘revives the soul’ (19:7), makes wise (v7), gives joy (v8), gives enlightenment (v8) and gives warning (v11). If you want to hear God speak to your soul, you need to spend time in his Word.
This psalm clearly tells us that God can and does speak to us. So if you want to hear what he has to say, look around you and look up at his creation. Take time to read and study the Bible. What God has to say to each of us about how we live is nowhere more clearly articulated than in the Bible.
Pray: Father, may we not be blind to what your creation tells us about you. Encourage us to listen to what you have to say in your Word, allowing it to influence us in what we say and do. Amen