“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.” (Psalm 19:1)
According to the Bible — only a FOOL would say, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1).
When David looked around and saw all the glories and beauties of the universe, he said that God’s glory is declared in all that has been created. Psalm 19 tells us that God has revealed Himself both in the WORLD and in the WORD. He is the God of creation and He is the God of revelation.
Dr. John Phillips, writing about Psalm 19 said, “David wrote this psalm. But when? Did he write it as a shepherd boy on the Judean hills, lying on his back on a dark night and staring up into the star-spangled splendor of the sky? Or did he write it as a fugitive with Saul’s bloodhounds baying on the distant hills? Or was it when he fled from Absalom to seek refuge in the wile wastes of the mountains? Or was it at some quieter moment when, pacing the roof of his palace, he once again lifted his eyes from the darkened streets of the slumbering city to the blazing pinpoints of light that studded the black velvet sky?”
I love to hear what children think of God. Often they will reveal more about His character in their simple explanations than any theologian can describe in many books. Here are some of my favorites…
“God has big hands because the song say, ‘He’s got the whole world in His hands.” (Kalen, age 9)
“God is very loving. I imagine he is very tall. I love Him.” (Lauren, age 9)
God is like a never-ending story that you want to read again and again. When I hear about Him, I want to know more. Although I can’t see Him, I feel Him. He is perfect and pure. I know He has felt pain and suffered greatly to take away my sins.” (Ashley, age 10)
I grew up in a time when preachers preached on the assumption that the majority of people actually believed there was a God who has existed from timeless past and will continue to exist through all eternity. Those preachers had not been tainted by liberal theology that taught us to question the very existence of God. Those old preachers believed the Bible and they believed it when it said, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
They made no attempt to PROVE God’s existence — they accepted it because of all they saw and experienced. They, like David understood that “the heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.”
In today’s world, people want to require God to PROVE His existence. The element of faith has been greatly diminished. And yet, people operate ON FAITH every day — all day long. When you got up this morning — you put toothpaste on your toothbrush and brushed your teeth. At any time during that process, did you stop and wonder if someone at CREST poisoned the toothpaste in your tube? No — you didn’t. You had FAITH that what you were using was actual toothpaste.
You got in your car and put the key in the ignition. Did you stop and wonder if anybody at FORD MOTOR COMPANY had done something to sabotage your car so that when you started it — it would blow up? Nope — you didn’t. You had FAITH that the folks at FORD had made a safe car.
God gives us far more proof for His existence than we have for any of the myriad of things that we use every day ON FAITH. The Bible reveals God, His person, His power, and His purpose in the world. The Bible is the record of God’s self-revelation. Through the ages He has revealed Himself to us. The patriarchs, the psalmists, and the prophets were given insights which were recorded for the benefit of all of us.
The supreme and FINAL revelation of God came to us through the person and work of Jesus Christ (John 1:18; 14:9; Hebrews 1:1-3). Jesus Christ was the eternal God clothed in human flesh, who visited this earth in order that you and I might know what God is truly like (John 1:14).
Through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, God has promised to come in and dwell with you and offer forgiveness and salvation. The Bible is the record of God’s continuous efforts to rescue us from the consequences of our own unbelief and rebellion. Through Christ, God provides forgiveness and eternal life to ALL who repent and believe.
Today, stop and notice how the trees and flowers, the birds and animals all declare the glory of God by their very existence. Then make sure that YOU declare the existence of God. Not only should the heavens declare God’s glory — I should do it as well!
Have a great day.