I have always been amazed at God’s creation here on earth. The beauty. The creativity. The grandeur. In fact, I have always wondered a little bit about the the new heaven and new earth that Revelation 21 records will herald the new Kingdom of God. Could God really create something more majestic than what we have already seen? Is there a chance that the new heaven and earth will be a little bit of a let-down? I am after all a tad attached to what we have here and now.
And then, I saw pictures of Jupiter! They are breathtaking! NASA’s space probe Juno has been on a carefully routed 5 year trip to reach Jupiter – and in August 2017 Juno sent back to Earth stunning pictures of the planet it is now orbiting. Here are just two pictures … many more can be found at https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/images/index.html
And all of a sudden, I am again in awe of Him and His creations. And I know I can trust Him. I can trust Him to create a spectacular new heaven and earth and I can trust Him today with my life. There is so much He knows that I do not. There is so much power that He has that I do not. He is a great Big God and sometimes I forget how much I need Him because I think for just a few minutes that I have this world figured out. And then my mind is once again blown away by how many stars there are and the new-found beauty of a planet we are just beginning to really discover.
David says it well in Psalm 19. “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 display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4). God’s masterpiece speaks for Him. His works of art tell us about the artist.
In the New Testament Paul writes similar words to the believers in Rome. This city was proud of what they considered their superior culture, amazing architecture and roadways (some of which can still be seen today), and numerous temples to foreign gods (amongst them, Jupiter and Juno). In many ways it was not too unlike our society today. Paul writes to the church in Rome: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20). His artwork proves the power and majesty of the artist.
And yet, as we well know there are those who prefer to be blind and create their own explanations for the intricate and beautiful creation. Interestingly, not one but two psalms begin with these words: “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.'” (Psalm 14:1 and 53:1). You get to decide which camp you will set your tent in, but there will be a day when everyone will acknowledge God (Romans 14:10-12).
This brings us back to the rest of Psalm 19 which you can read or listen to here – (https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+19&version=NIV).
The first six verses of Psalm 19 speaks of God’s magnificent creation and how it points to God. The next 5 verses give us a little foretaste of Psalm 119 which we talked about yesterday: the superiority and importance of God’s Word and commands. “By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:11). And the final three verses emphasize watching my own actions, attitudes, words, and thoughts to see that they are in line with God’s laws and desires for his children – and seeking forgiveness and change when they are not. I love the final verse of the Psalm as much as the opening verse: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14).
We serve an awesome Creator God who has provided a detailed guidebook for our lives and a brilliant plan for the future – which will include everyone acknowledging him. May we always strive to be pleasing in his sight.
(Stars photographed by Chris Mattison – thanks for sharing!)