Declaring the Glory of God

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July has been an exciting month for stargazers. The comet NEOWISE was first discovered on March 27, 2020 by an earth-orbiting space telescope. By July 2020, this ball of ice, rock and dust was near enough to earth and bright enough to be visible under dark skies to the naked eye. Currently, this comet can be seen in the morning and evening. In the morning, it appears very low above the north-eastern horizon, and in the evening, it is visible low in the north-western sky, under the big dipper.
There is something that should happen in the heart that is soft toward God when one looks into the heavens. Whether gazing at the orderliness and predictability of the constellations or at a surprise comet, these heavenly bodies are a gift of God’s creation to provide humans with a sense of awe and wonder. David said, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Psa 19:1).
How do the heavens declare the glory of God?
First, the heavens reveal the existence of Creator God. The honest heart that gazes into the vastness and beauty of the night sky must admit that there is a God.
Beyond the mere fact of declaring God's existence, their design also reveals the character of God; specifically, His wisdom. “Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number” (Job 9:9-10). “He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names” (Psa 147:4).
The heavens also reveal God's power. In showing Job just how frail mortal man is and how capable He is, God refers to His workings in the heavens: “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?”
(Job 38:31-32). The obvious answer to this rhetorical question is obvious: No, we can't. Only a God of power can move the stars.
Finally, the heavens reveal God's infinity. Finite minds struggle to grasp the concept of infinity. Have you ever seen the edge of the sky or the end of the stars? Whether day or night, we who have eyes that can see, can look up, and view an object lesson of how our God is from everlasting to everlasting.
God created the stars with purpose: to glorify the One Who created them. Lest we forget, we also are created by God with purpose: to glorify the One Who created us. Unlike us, the stars are not able to choose whether or not they will fulfil their purpose.
It is good for us to remind ourselves of how we as humans declare God's glory.
Jesus, our perfect example, brought tremendous glory to God through His life, as He revealed the heart and the will of the Father. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (Joh 1:14). God's grace and truth, mercy and justice, love and faithfulness, were exuded perfectly in Christ.
An honest introspection of our hearts coupled with a high view of the God of the heavens, should bring us to our knees, declaring our inability as sinful man to glorify God as we ought. “Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts” (Isa 6:5).
We need the very nature of God's Son planted within our hearts in order to glorify God.
As new creatures in Christ, our interests and goals in life will be aligned with God's desires. This will bring glory to God.
When the nature of Christ is within the heart of the believer, our thoughts will be true, honest, just, pure and lovely (Php 4:8). This, too, will bring glory to God.
And when this divine nature becomes ours, not only will our lives declare, but our mouths will also speak for the glory of God.
The days we live in our dark times for many. People are finding the very things they put their trust in crumble before their eyes. They are looking for answers, for Someone strong and enduring. May God use us to declare His glory among the heathen.
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1Co 10:31).