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The Speech of the Heavens

Psalm 19:1-6 In our world there are many kinds of "speech" - we have the multitude of languages uttered by the tongues of men. We see silent expressions through art and artifacts strewn throughout history ancient and modern. We see our own contemporary scene full of speech- spoken, seen, and read.
Our world is a world of messages and they are being transmitted everywhere. Psalm 19 contains a testimony to a certain mode of divine speech - messages broadcast daily, syndicated through the heavens and the created order, written in true space, not cyberspace.
God is speaking to those who have eyes to see and ears to hear - in the skies above, the universe about us, the speech of God is not hidden and it is revealing true knowledge. Human beings in our very hardened rebellious state of enmity with God suppress this language and pretend we cannot understand its words. But it is clear, crystal, thundering speech, day after constant day pouring forth in God's world. The young child gazing at the stars with a parent, the high school student studying the galaxies and wonders of the far reaches of space, the scientist dreaming of far off world beyond the reaches of our technological instruments - are they looking and hearing? Or just looking? Perhaps another voice is needed as a guide to this voice - but the speech continues to come, and to come and to come. Without need of universal translation software algorithms, this speech is heard by all in whom the image of God takes residence. Suppress the speech or respond to hear more from the author? Such is the dilemma of humanity - will she run to or from her creator.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.

When you look at majestic mountains, powerful rivers, towering glories in the heavens above - remember to listen, and to worship not that which you see, but the unseen hands that wrought all things. As we listen, we know there is more to be heard, another word that comes to us...such is the message in the rest of this Psalm...