by pastor david
“The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork.”
Throughout the Psalms, we find passages that sound very similar to and proclaim the same message as Psalm 19:1. For instance...
Psalm 50:6 “Let the heavens declare His righteousness, for God Himself is Judge.”
Psalm 97:6 “The heavens declare His righteousness, and all the peoples see His glory.”
Even the New Testament makes a similar assertion.
Romans 1:20 “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”
Creation is the unambiguous expression of the Creator.
Autumn is my favorite season of the year. One of the benefits of living in central Ohio is that we get to experience four seasons, none of which is terribly severe – most of the time. However, Autumn is, by far, the best of the four. The temperature is cool but not uncomfortable. The sky is clear and the colors of the leaves are magnificent. For me, it creates a very relaxing atmosphere.
Most importantly, however, is the fact that this beauty, clearly observable by everyone, points us to our beneficent Creator, the Lord Jesus Christ. If we follow the line of thought from Romans chapter one, we conclude that there is no excuse for not recognizing the existence of a Creator. One may not understand that it is Jesus Christ, but can at least know to look toward the omnipotent One who spoke the universe into motion.
Consequently, all who wish to know the God of Creation have this personal promise from Jesus Himself. ”All whom My Father gives (entrusts) to Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, no never, reject one of them who comes to Me].” (John 6:37 The Amplified Bible)
What an amazing promise, this is! The Creator of this massive universe will accept us, if we come to Him through the Lord Jesus Christ.
Now, I am not suggesting that the things that have been created should be worshipped. On the contrary, these things should only point us to the One who created them. It is then our privilege to enter into a personal relationship with Him, through the finished work of Christ on the Cross.
For the one who is already a follower of Jesus Christ, this is a timely opportunity to turn your attention heavenward, to the Creator. Spend some extra time this week enjoying what He has fashioned for His glory and for our delight. The cool breeze and the colorful foliage remind us that our Lord is the only one who is truly creative. Except He made something out of nothing, a feat that has never been duplicated. Give Him the glory today!
Psalm 123:1 (ESV) “To you, I lift up my eyes, O you who are enthroned in the heavens.”
My first thought, as I awakened this morning was, “God is still on His throne!” That thought was followed immediately by, “I need coffee!” What a comfort to begin each day with the assurance that God is still in control, whether I have coffee or not.
A friend of mine was talking with her father who is a believer but is continually worried and anxious about…well everything. My friend interrupted her dad and ask, “What’s the matter? Did God fall off the throne and I didn’t hear about it?”
I am so glad God reigns eternally and that those of us who are His children will be taken care of forever. Jesus said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
Yes, God is still “enthroned in the heavens”! God sent His son to save you and sent the Holy Spirit to keep you!
GOD IS STILL ON HIS THRONE!
I do not know what you are facing today, however, I know God, the Supreme Being, the Ruler of the Universe, and I believe every word found in the Scripture. For instance, Philippians 4:6-7:
How comforting it is that in this sin-cursed, chaotic, and corrupt world, we can begin and end each day with the assurance that God is still in control. Give Him praise today.
Pastor David Boggs
I hope these occasional posts will encourage and challenge you as we grow in Christ together.
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