Today’s reflection comes to us from Cosmin Pascu.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above[a] proclaims his handiwork.
2 Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
4 Their voice[b] goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
5 which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
and its circuit to the end of them,
and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,[c]
reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
making wise the simple;
8 the precepts of the Lord are right,
rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
enlightening the eyes;
9 the fear of the Lord is clean,
the rules[d] of the Lord are true,
and righteous altogether.
10 More to be desired are they than gold,
even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
and drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.
When terrible things happen, we tend to look downwards. We tend to turn to people rather than God. We are afraid and, more than often, we do not have the same mind and attitude that we discover in this Psalm. The Psalmist, in the midst of his threat, turns his attention to God. David is utterly amazed by God’s control over creation. He speaks powerfully of his attributes. Look at the first six verses and try to compare these with the responses given by our political leaders over the past two weeks. There are very few who can place their entire trust in them. Yet what a magnificent entrance for a psalm!
In contrast to any human leader, in this Psalm, we notice harmony between God and creation. The heavens declare God’s glory! There does not exist any disunity in God’s kingdom and realm. There is no confusion. There is no fear. There is no panic— instead, the Psalmist bursts with a powerful song of adoration. God’s created order speaks of His attributes, of His sovereignty, of His presence, and His unique activity over all creation. The creation speaks of God’s trustworthiness. They speak of God’s full ability to be in control of the very elements in the whole of creation. We are not in control of nature, nor are we in control of things happening around us. As you read this Psalm, notice that in God’s realm the Psalmist sees hope. He sees a God who gives life and who holds the whole of life, humanity, and creation, together. David identifies that, in the very context of his uncertainty, God provides certainty. This is the very opposite thing that human beings provide. There are ungodly forces (and voices) present in our homes, in our workplace, in our churches and our society. These evil forces envy God’s perspective and His activity. The Psalmist was fully aware of these. Yet only by entering God’s presence, one discovers actual reality.
God listens to every single aspect of His creation. God looks to every human being, and He does not ignore any human voice. God’s voice is the very object through which things came into being. Remember the story of creation and how God spoke and nature and humanity came into being.
Imagine an urgent appeal [from you and me] to this God. Imagine all of us coming together to ask God to breathe life over the sick, the broken, the fearful and the defeated. Imagine in our family prayers, all of us coming together to ask God to banish the dark forces that have entered our homes, hospitals, and society at large. Imagine God stepping in the rooms where death is ready to place ownership over human life, and breathing His breath of life over that individual or home. The outcome of God’s healing over our land would undoubtedly be an act of divine adoration! There would be a mighty punch of confidence in God, His Word, and His Sovereignty. That’s the rest of the Psalm – read verses 7-11.
You see, you and I are no different from the Psalmist. We respond to everything according to the perspective that we believe. Ultimately, the very priorities that we have will determine the outcome of our response. The Psalmist does not fear to look up. By turning to God, he sees an extraordinary creator who holds the entire created order in balance and control. He observers that God is majestic and impressive, yet, at the same time, He hears and responds to your voice and of those you love.