Friday, May 09, 2008

Meditation on Psalm 19:1-4a

Did you ever notice how active and vocal the birds are very early in the morning? From about 5:45am to about 7:00am or so, it seems like every bird in the universe is singing!

It sounds like an orchestra tuning their instruments before a performance. They are not in tune, nor playing together, but each lost in his own world of preparing.

The birds are like that,too. They are each singing, and seemingly “testing the range” of their voices.

Around 7:00am or so, the singing seems to trail off, but is never entirely silent through the day - for always a few continue to sing - or at least “trade off” singing with one another.

I’ve often thought about that… as to why so very early in the morning it seems like they’re all singing, and then on up in the day you can only hear one or two, now and then.

I’ve come to the conclusion that they simply start their day with praise - and then they “go to work.” And the “daytime” singing? Ah, who can truly go about their work without a “song” of praise on their lips and in their hearts?

Psalms 19:1-4a says (with my commentary added in)
V.1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God (overall); And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands (specifically.)

V.2 Day to day pours forth speech, (bubbles up as from an inexhaustible spring) And night to night reveals knowledge. (Which in turn leads to the day, then on to the night, in perpetuity.)

V.3 There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice is not heard. The literal translation in the Hebrew (which can be very blunt and to the point) reads, “No speech, no words. Not heard - their voice.” This of course means “not heard in literal words, but…” then verse 4.

V.4a Their line (overall thought or precept) has gone out through all the earth, And their utterances (specific words) to the end of the world. NASB

“Nature” cannot “say” a word, but it speaks volumes about God’s love, power, grace and presence in all of Life. In Romans 1:20 Paul says, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”

So, the next time someone hands you a line about, “Well, what about those people who’ve never heard of Jesus… Is God going to condemn them, too?” Just smile and say, “Oh, they’ve ‘heard’ about Him, alright. Believe me, they’ve heard!”

And if someone says that they don’t know how you can “see” God in nature, again just smile and say, “Don’t you wish you could?”

“This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears, all nature sings and ‘round me rings the music of the spheres…”

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