Now we will focus on verses 1-6.
1. The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
2. Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.
3. There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.
4. Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their utterances to the end of the world.
In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
5. Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
6. Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.
(Psalm 19:1-6, NASB)
by doing what it’s created to do.
In Psalms 19:1 we read that the heavens are telling of the glory of God and the expanse is declaring the work of His hands. How often does creation tell of His glory and declare His work? Verse 2 answers with “day to day” they pour forth speech and “night to night” they reveal knowledge. It is not a one time event, but a continually showing and telling of how great God is.
Verse 3 is interesting, “There is no speech, nor are there words, there voice is not heard.” But, wait? Didn’t we just read that creation is pouring forth and revealing. But, with no words? Do you ever feel like your speech, your words, your voice is not heard? Me too.
Verse 4 offers hope, “their line has gone through all the earth, and their utterances to the end of the world”. The word line here refers to “sound”. Creation appears to have impact with its sounds, with its action- with its obedience to do what God has made it to do.
If it is just for one…the heavens would keep telling and the expanse would keep declaring if it were just for you. There is a song by Disciple that comes to mind, “It’s worth it all, if there’s just one, who sees you and feels you.”
Will you do what God created you to do, even if it is just for one?
Verse 5, “It [the sun] rejoices as a strong man to run his course”. Are you running your course? With joy? Or are you longing to run the course of another? Are you rejoicing in the path that He has you on? Remember, He sees the big picture and He sees all the intricate details too. Trust His calling to come forth, and then, with peace and confidence, follow the course that Jesus, the SON, has set before you.
For more on this idea, read Rising Up Radiant (one of my guest submissions with (in)courage).
In closing, let’s look to Jesus as our example…
“Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart” (NASB).
Jesus is the author of our salvation. He is writing your story in a way that tells of the glory of God and declares the works of loving hands.
Run your course, with joy, as you show ‘n tell of His greatness.
Share your thoughts…reread Psalm 19:1-6 and tell me which verse stood out to you and why?
P.S. If you aren’t familiar with my friend, the talented author Shelly Beach, you really should get to know her. You will be blessed. She was my mentor at the retreat and her feedback was so helpful. I just purchased two of her books Silent Seduction of Self-Talk and Love Letters From the Edge and look forward to reading and reviewing them this summer.