The Heavens Declare – A Christian ReflectionPosted: April 30, 2017
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
Scriptures such as Psalm 19 tell us that the God of the universe has set within His creation living pictures of Himself and His perfect plan. I don’t know that David had the same images in mind when he wrote Psalm 19, but I have no doubt that the Lord, in fact, declares His works in creation. It takes little effort to see it.
The Bible has several references to the Lord as Light. Jesus Himself declared, “I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness.” (John 12:46) In the heavens, what can be said of our sun is not unlike that of the Son. It gives light to the earth. It is constant. It is so radiant, so bright we can not look upon it with the naked eye—even as the Son of God in heaven is so radiant, so righteous and holy that we are unable look upon Him from this world in our natural (fallen) state. A few of the disciples had a glimpse of that radiance while Jesus was still ministering on earth. “…Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.” (Matthew 17:1-3)
The world is only in darkness when it turns away from the sun. What a good picture of mankind. Christ is always there, always giving light and life. It is mankind who turns away into darkness. But even here the love of our God provides. In a world that is turned from the sun, there is another light, a “…lesser light…” (Genesis 1:16) set in the heavens for those in darkness. The moon has no light of its own. It merely reflects the light of the sun onto a darkened world. The true light (the sun) is still there, unmoved, but God has ordained another body–the moon–to reflect the true light while the sun is out of view. That is a picture of how the Lord has ordained Christian believers to reflect Christ’s True Light onto a darkened world. Jesus told His disciples, “You are the light of the world…Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:14, 16)
When we look at the moon, we see evidence that the sun still shines even though we can not see it. When the world looks at a Christian, should they not see the evidence that Jesus is the True Light even though they can not see Him? In order for the moon to provide light to the earth, it has to remain in sight of the sun. It can not follow the earth into darkness. Likewise, Christians must remain in The Light (of Christ), or they lose the ability to fulfill their God-given purpose. It is no less important for fellow believers to see the Light of Christ in each other. When one Christian can distinguish the Light of a brother or sister in Christ amidst the darkness of the world, that believer is encouraged to also remain in orbit, as it were.
Reflecting the light of Christ takes two forms. First, as shown in the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, it involves acting Christ-like (“that they may see your good works…”). Secondly, reflecting the Light is also associated with the Word of God. This essay began with Psalm 19:1-2. It is appropriate to conclude with verses from Psalm 119. “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path…” (vs. 105) “The unfolding of your words gives light…” (vs. 130). Christians reflect the light of Christ by shining His Word, the Scriptures, on those living in darkness. It is the light of the gospel. As the Apostle Paul put it, “For God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
Creation itself points us to the wonder and glory of the Creator. The heavens do declare.