“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.” Psalm 19:1-3
Psalm eight is a celebration of God’s power and glory as our creator and in considering that theme I wrote about how the heavens display his greatness. I’ll begin today by considering a portion of God created works that is closer to hand.
Water is one of the most vital resources on our planet, running a close second to the air we breathe. Water is amazing. Nearly everything can be dissolved in water making it the perfect vehicle for combining elements, nutrients, and other vital components in the formation of human, animal, and plant life and the majority all the systems that function on planet earth.
All systems rely on water but none more so that the earth’s systems of oceans and lakes. The characteristic of water that I find beautiful is the unique way that it behaves when it becomes a solid. Most other elements and compounds when they become a solid become more dense but water becomes less dense which results in ice floating on top of liquid water. This characteristic causes the water in oceans, lakes, rivers, and streams to be insulated from the worst of winters cold. If ice didn’t float the lakes would freeze solid and all the fish would die.
God’s handiwork is truly amazing. And it’s proclaimed in all heavens and the earth.
David also celebrates God’s word and his law. If we’ll learn God’s law and apply it in our lives, cooperating with God and harmonizing our life with his he’ll make us wise and give us joy.
But there’s so much we don’t know and can’t understand. The natural world is still largely a misunderstood mystery and the most enlightened theologian has yet to plumb the depths of God’s word. That’s why David asks to be kept from sins of ignorance and presumption; he recognizes than with all his knowledge he’s still very, very ignorant.
Job, when he had been rebuked by God, was compelled to admit that he had been in error because he’d been talking about things “too wonderful” for him to understand. All of God’s work is that way: his word, his creation, and his salvation.
O God, give us your Spirit so that we can have eyes that can see, and ears that can hear, and hands that can touch and feel all the wonders that you have made to fill your creation. Give us wisdom and understanding so that we can see in them a glimpse of your glory.