God's Glory in Creation

Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts,
The whole earth is full of His glory.
(Isaiah 6:3)

person sitting in field looking at blue sky

Not long ago, God let me know He wanted more quality time together with me. Since then, I’ve tried to be more intentional about penciling Him in on my hectic weekday calendar. As a result, Jesus and I have shared some precious moments by getting away and just being together, alone. We had a recent date where I found myself led into a grassy opening and plopping down in a friendly secluded space. Gazing across the field, I noticed cars whizzing up and down the highway against a backdrop of shopping outlets. I couldn’t help but realize how miniscule our lives are. We seem like ants zipping back and forth between lego-sized buildings in our matchbox cars. Laying back, I gazed off into the eternal blue sky streaked with white lines and asked the Lord…

What is man that you take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
(Psalm 8:4)

As I contemplated this scene, God gave me a thought: Each night when darkness falls, that same blue sky reveals the starry heavens that were always already there. As a jeweler displays his best diamonds against a black velvet backdrop, the glory of God in the heavens is set off by the darkest black night.

Lift up your eyes on high
And see who has created these stars,
The One who leads forth their host by number,
He calls them all by name;
Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,
Not one of them is missing.
(Isaiah 40:26)

The heavens are telling the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands
(Psalm 19:1)

Psalm 19:1-6 describes what theologians sometimes call God’s “general revelation.” Recalling from last week that God’s glory is His visible Self-revelation, we all witness His glorious artwork painted daily across the skies.

Day to day pours forth speech,
(Psalm 19:2a)

 “Pours forth” is a verb that means “bubbles up.” Like a bottle of soda gushes when shaken and then opened, God’s natural revelation is under pressure to bring His glory to the surface.

And night to night reveals knowledge.
(Psalm 19:2b)

As our eyes scan a glimmering night sky, we become capable to understand something of the weightiness and importance of Almighty God. We witness His inscrutable intelligence as the omniscient, Great Mathematician. Our Creator is a God of order.

There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.

(Psalm 19:3)

Without a word being spoken, creation is preaching a sermon about the love of our Creator. He shouts with clouds. He shouts with blue expanse. He shouts with gold on the horizons. He shouts with galaxies and stars. He is shouting continuously, “See my glory, open your eyes! This is what I’m like, and it’s even better when you know Me!”

Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world.
God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.
The sun rises at one end of the heavens
and follows its course to the other end.
Nothing can hide from its heat.
(Psalm 19:4-6 NLT)

 Through God’s revelation in creation, people across the earth possess equal capacity to understand His existence in all His weighty importance. No one escapes this common knowledge because creation’s message extends from horizon to horizon. You can’t run from the sun, and none outwit the wind. We are continually bombarded with our Master’s unrivaled design. So what’s the point of it all? What does it mean for us? Simply this: Creation beckons us into relationship with our Creator.

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse (Romans 1:20). but he never left them without evidence of himself and his goodness (Acts 14:17a NLT).

The message is unmistakable: The invisible God is visible in His creation. Entirely apart from Scripture God is revealing Himself to His creatures, and He will make a way for the gospel to reach a searching heart.

Take a moment and consider how our Creator is revealing Himself in your life…

The vastness of the ocean, the beauty of a sunset, a fresh peach in summer, the gestation of a baby, the forgiveness of a dog…Where did it all come from? Who conceived it? It cannot be an accident. Somebody had to make it, and the Bible tells us the Maker is Jesus Christ. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together (Colossians 1:16-17).

Love Him, thank Him, enjoy Him…

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