The skies reveal God’s glory;
Without speech, without words,
Each day tells the next day
About the wonders of God.
Like a ready runner,
The sun moves across the sky,
And–where its light shines–
Some of God’s splendor is seen.
There is no place where the sun doesn’t shine,
Where it doesn’t shine–
Or where God’s wonders cannot be seen.
The skies reveal God’s glory.
About This Song:
I used to visit a website for photographers. It had the the most unlikely name, The Ugly Hedgehog. The participants were an interesting mixture of novices, professionals, and every degree of experience (or inexperience) in between. Certain subjects showed up frequently in the pictures they post. Among the most popular were hummingbirds and eagles.
I didn’t always take the time to look at each day’s posts, though. But I always took time if I saw “sunrise” or “sunset” in the subject line. Those are, in my humble opinion, the two most beautiful times of day, and a photographer who could capture one of them even half-way adequately deserved recognition.
So it’s no wonder I would be so fond of Psalm 19:1-6. . .
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.
1 How clearly the sky reveals God’s glory!
How plainly it shows what he has done!
2 Each day announces it to the following day;
each night repeats it to the next.
3 No speech or words are used,
no sound is heard;
4 yet their message goes out to all the world
and is heard to the ends of the earth.
God made a home in the sky for the sun;
5 it comes out in the morning like a happy bridegroom,
like an athlete eager to run a race.
6 It starts at one end of the sky
and goes across to the other.
Nothing can hide from its heat.
I love the images the psalmist uses in these verses–especially the one about the skies “announcing” God’s glory without the use of speech or words. Also noteworthy are the comparisons of the sun to a “happy bridegroom” and an “eager athlete” who’s ready to run a race.
Just as no camera can perfectly capture the beauty of a sunrise or sunset–some do come close, however–I can’t say anything else about this passage. It speaks for itself.
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