Psalms 19:1-4 KJV
(1) The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.
(2) Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
(3) There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
(4) Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
One of the most prominent political leaders in Biblical times, David used to be a shepherd. David spent his childhood in the pastures tending his father’s sheep. This is the same man God declared ‘he was a man after His own heart’ (Acts 13.22). Studying the life and writings of David can give us an insight on what it means to be a shepherd. David personifies the life and role of a shepherd. When Samuel wanted to ordain a king, according to God’s instruction, David was not there at the Jesse’s house. Jesse sent someone to the pasture to call David. David lived with his sheep; that is what a shepherd does. A shepherd’s heart is with the sheep. Therefore, when God said David was a man after His heart, He meant David was a sheep in His flock. How wonderful it is when a good shepherd is simply a sheep in the flock of the Great Shepherd.
Whenever I read the book of Psalms, there is one thing that always struck me, David focused on the majesty of God all the time. David saw how great Jehovah is by looking at the things around him; the stars, the moon, the sun and all the animals on the face of the earth that he met at the pastures. Simply put, the creation is the testimony of the glory, honor, power and strength of our God. As I write this chapter, my prayer is God will help you understand His pleasures so that you can embrace His joy. Nehemiah wrote, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” I believe when you see and clinch the joy of the Lord as testified by His creation, you begin to understand how much God loves you and that He is truly your Shepherd.
Every creation speaks of its creator. The telephone reminds us of the brilliance of a man called Alexander Bell. Flying in an airplane is a testimony of the tenacity of two brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright. Against all odds, the brothers made a flying machine. When I am studying at night with my study lamp on my desk, I remember a man who had a strong determination. Thomas Edison created the light bulb, which has become a symbol of industrial development. Of course, history records some inventions, which were by pure accident. Alexander Fleming is credited today of his accidental discovery of penicillin. My point is, all these inventions made by they testify of their creator. Penicillin, for example, shows us how Alexander Fleming respected human health. Edison’s discoveries show us his desire to improve the standard of living for people.
What do the heaven and earth tell us about the Creator? When we look at all, creation we begin to see how great our God is. He is the God who created all the beautiful places of the world. When you look at the Niagara Falls or the Victoria Falls, the waters plunging hundreds of feet into the gorge demonstrate the glory of God. The thunderous noise that you hear is a proclamation of the power of our God. As the waters violently hit the banks and splatters over the deep, the goodness of our God is portrayed. When the light rays from the sun, hits the small droplets of water and scattered to form a magnificent rainbow circumscribing the valleys, the promise and faithfulness of God is proclaimed. The stars in the sky at night and the sun during daytime are a message to all creation of how awesome God is. God created all those stars. Scientists have been studying the stars for quite long and they do not know them all. However, the Creator of the stars knows all of them by name.
I like Chris Tomlin’s song Indescribable; it defines to me how majestic this God is. God placed the sun where it is right now. Just imagine, if the sun were just an inch closer to the earth then the earth would not have been habitable because it will be too hot to support life. Inversely, if the sun was an inch further away from the earth we all freeze to death. God knew the right temperature of the sun and He keeps it at around 6,000°C. He did that so that the sun may be a testimony to us of how much God loves us. God loves us so much that He keeps the sun at a safe distance of about 93 million miles away from the earth.
Jer 32:17 KJV
(17) Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:
This God is awesome. No words can really express how great He is. When we look at all creation the earth and heavens, this Milky Way galaxy we are is much smaller than a speck of dust in a giant football stadium. Imagine you are watching the super bowl in an 110,000-capacity football stadium; will the speck of dust at the center of the field concern you? Because of its size, it is of no significance whatsoever to you. However, God with all the gigantic galaxies He created, He has great interest in one tiny planet called earth. With all those galaxies, with the smallest having at least ten million stars, God chose this earth. All those star in the sky and the trillions of stars in the galaxies beyond they testify of the greatness of our God.
Psa 147:4-5 KJV
(4) He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.
(5) Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
The wisdom and understanding of God have no limit, God knows everything about anything anywhere. Astronomers have been studying the stars and even now after many centuries, the wonders of the stars still baffle them. Some of the stars we see today in the sky are actually billions of years ago! What I mean by this is we are seeing the stars as they were billions of years ago. To illustrate this point, say I take a picture of myself today and send it to my wife who is in Zimbabwe. It takes about twelve days for a letter to reach Zimbabwe from US. Therefore, when my wife gets the picture twelve days later, what she sees is what I looked like twelve days before. When you look at the sun, what you see is what he sun looked like eight minutes ago. God saw it eight minutes ago and He still sees it now, for that reason we can declare like David, there is no limit to His understanding. The Creator God sees the now, the last light years and the forever.
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