The heavens declare the glory of God; the sky displays his handiwork (Psalm 19:1 NET)
What a fantastic Psalm! It says the heavens declare the glory of God. What does this mean? The second parallel clause gives us the meaning of the first. It says the sky displays God’s handiwork. This verse tells us that you can see God’s power and wisdom in the display when you look into the sky with the stars and planets. You look and then see. It gives us a profound scriptural truth that creation reveals God. In other words, if you look at creation, you will see the footprints of God who made them.
The word “declare” carries hidden mysteries for us, and it essentially means to speak forth. The sky does not talk, so how can the Lord say here that the heavens speak forth the glory of God? As if He wanted to let us know the word “declare” was not a mistake, He said in the next two verses, “Day after day it speaks out; night after night it reveals his greatness. There is no actual speech or word, nor is its voice literally heard” (Psalm 19:2–3 NET).
The heavens declare God’s glory with a soundless voice! They speak, but there is no sound. They speak by communicating knowledge to us or revealing something to us. It means when we look at the sky, it shows something about God to us, that He is mighty and wise. In the New Testament, we are told God has called us to display or proclaim His glory. What a life in Christ! The New Creation in Christ declares the glory of God! Your very life is a witness or a display of God’s wisdom, power, and virtues better than the heavens!
How does this verse correlate with 1 Peter 2:9? Please read this verse and make this critical correlation.
APPLY THE WORD
Of all created things in the physical universe, nothing looks like God more than human beings. And the believer in Christ is the fullness of God’s glory in declaration! Fulfill your destiny. Reveal God’s power, wisdom, and love to your generation.
Thank the Father for the wonderful calling we have in Christ.