Devotional Reading from Psalms 19:1-6
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2 Day unto day uttereth speech,
And night unto night sheweth knowledge.
3 There is no speech nor language,
Where their voice is not heard.
4 Their line is gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
And rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven,
And his circuit unto the ends of it:
And there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
There is a God!
Years ago, while working as a salesman at an electric supply counter, a friend at work called me “reverend.” I have never been fond of the title by the way, “reverend”. The word is used only once in my Bible, Psalm 111:9, and it is a reference to God. In my estimation the Lord is the only one deserving of that designation. The fact that I don’t like the title probably keeps it coming my way from friends who just love to pick and press on nerves. The use of this nickname ignited an awkward conversation that day.
An eavesdropping customer heard them call me by that name and asked, “are you really a ‘reverend’ or is that just a joke?”
I told the fella that I actually was a “preacher”. “Preacher,”now there is a title I prefer.
“Do you believe God created everything?” he asked as his eyes indicated disdain for my kind.
“Most certainly!” I answered, “don’t you?”
“No, I do not!”, he said very sternly.
“Ok, well how do you believe all that you see came into being?”
He began to tell, with strange certainty, how it all went down. The gist of his explanation for the beginning of life was an amoeba that came out of the sea, became irritated by sand, mutated which started the process of evolution.
I asked how the amoeba came to be? He said, “It appeared by accident when our planet was created due to the impact of two colliding planets or stars.”
“But what was the origin of those planets?”
This exchange continued until in the end I was informed that there was some moisture in outer space.
I had to interrupt for clarification,
“Where did the moisture come from? Reckon God sneezed?”
My customer shook his head and walked away. In the end, neither of us was convinced by the other’s arguments. I personally believe his opinions required more faith than mine. I personally believe an amoeba mutating because it got sand in its shorts is a bit far-fetched. I believe that the planet in which we live, the air that sustains life, the perfect tilt of our globe along with its perfect distance from the sun bear witness to the intelligent design of a Creator.
Today’s reading tells us the planets above and the stars in the sky are preachers. They preach a constant sermon ”day unto day” and “night unto night” about the existence of God. They have been preaching their long winded sermon since the Creator placed them in space.
I believe the stars in the sky twinkle out a repeating message, “There is a God!”
I believe these things because that is what my eyes and mind tell me is “clearly seen” (Rom. 1:20). I believe them because that is what God teaches in his Word.