APPRECIATE the GLORY & GOODNESS of GOD in NATURE
June 9 Bible Reading: Psalms Chapters 18-22
"The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard." (Psalms 19:1-3)
Psalms 19 is one of the most beautiful hymns penned by King David that praises God for the excellence of all His creative works. This “general revelation” by which His power and glory may be seen in the ‘works of God’ (vv. 1-6) is complemented by the “special revelation” of the ‘Word of God’ (vv. 7–9) that enables people to understand Him as One who gives wisdom and who provides a means by which sin can be forgiven for every human being (vv. 10–14).
When we look at nature, we can see that it is a grand symphony conducted by the creator God. The beauty and grandeur of nature can never be surpassed by anything that humans have created so far – just think how God created all that we see around us in just six days by the power of His spoken Word (Gen. 1: 3-31). We should get both visual and hearing stimulus as we see, observe and hear from nature.
However, we should not stop at just appreciating the grandeur of nature but comprehend the glory of God – for nature “declares the glory of God” (Psalms 19:1). The word “glory” in scripture refers to the essential worth, beauty and value, so when we behold nature, we visualize the intrinsic worth, brilliance and the radiant beauty of the Creator God Himself. Not only do we see the glory of God in creation, but we also see the goodness of God in creation. "The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works." (Psalms 145:9) God is the architect and engineer of all creation. God spoke and His glorious beauty poured out through His creation.
Let us pause a moment from our busy schedules today and tune our hearts to God’s creation so that the beauty we see around us in nature may catapult us to praising and glorifying God for His glory and goodness!
- "The Lord is high above all nations, His glory above the heavens.” (Psalms 113:4)
- "O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, who have set Your glory above the heavens!" (Psalms 8:1)