Thursday, February 23, 2012

The heavens declare the glory of God!

2:05 p.m. Today's project was to continue posting verses from Psalm 19 on Facebook, starting with verse 1:

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.

This verse is so fraught with meaning that I've reposted it each day this week, adding an aspect of God's creation to it with each succeeding verse. What we see all around us, especially on a clear sunny day like we have in the Inland Empire of southern California today, is shouting, pronouncing and declaring the name of its Creator. Even the rain, clouds, snow, slush, ice and mud that we're not as fond of call out, "Jesus, Creator God!"

Colossians 1:16-18 in the New Living Translation informs us:

Christ is the visible image of the
        invisible God.
     He existed before anything was
        created and is supreme over all
for through Him God created
     in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
     and the things we can't see--
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and
       authorities in the unseen world.
     Everything was created through Him
       and for Him.
He existed before anything else,
     and He holds all creation together.

Look at how the entire universe hears of Jesus' craftsmanship from the skies, Psalm 19:2-4a (NLT):

Day after day they continue to speak;
    night after night they make Him known.
They speak without a sound or word;
    their voice is never heard.
Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
    and their words to all the world.

Now the sun shows its joy, verse 4b-6 (NLT):

God has made a home in the heavens for
     the sun;
It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom
    after his wedding.
It rejoices like a great athlete eager to
    run the race.
The sun rises at one end of the heavens
   and follows its course to the other end.
   Nothing can hide from its heat.

Men and women have a very special place in creation as Jesus' ultimate creation. When I picture the sheer joy captured on the faces of my sons and sons-in-law after their marriages, and Steve's after our "I do's" were said, I just smile myself! As for the picture of the great athlete--there's our Steven, from skateboarding to shot put, football to bodybuilding--thrilled to compete, fully prepared by the Lord, eager for the jump-off, the starting whistle, the call of the announcer.

The Bible makes God's holy character, requirements, justice and judgment clear, using images we all can understand. Therefore, Romans 1:20 says,

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.

So drop your excuses, admit that you know full well who God is, and fall upon the mercy God provided by His Son's death on the cross for you, and be saved today!



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