“The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” – Psalm 19:1
All of creation doesn’t just bear witness to the existence of God. Creation declares the glory of God; the otherness of God; the weightiness of God; the unignorability of God; the infinite beyondness of God – the glory of God, not just the fact of God. How so?
If, by some miracle, your favorite commercial airliner could fly you from one end of our Milky Way galaxy to the other, it would take you 137 million years to do that. Scientists today estimate there are billions of galaxies! And, as far as we know, our tiny little planet Earth is the only one that has life on it. What does this reveal about the glory of God?
Two things jump out at me. God’s care and love for human beings is special. That he would carve out a tiny little place in a universe as vast as ours to live and move and have our being is incredible.
But secondly, this tells me something about how small and insignificant we are compared to the glory of God. Keep in mind, creation declares the glory of God. We are microscopic specs in a universe God merely spoke into existence. We ought to feel so small we could sit on the edge of a dime and our feet would dangle.
This is what led David to say in a different Psalm:
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” – Psalm 8:3-4
Creation declares and proclaims the heaviness, weightiness, consequentiality of God. Is he heavy in your life? Or light as a feather? Is he so anchored in your life you take him everywhere with you? Or is he like the leaves blowing around in your backyard – making an appearance every now and then depending on which way the wind is blowing?