Posted by: pmarkrobb | June 15, 2016

your sky proclaims

The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard. [Or — there is no speech
or language where their voice is not heard.]
Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world.
God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.
It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.
It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.
The sun rises at one end of the heavens
and follows its course to the other end.
Nothing can hide from its heat.
Psalm 19:1-6

We have all experienced a radiant sunrise or a breath-taking sunset and can join with the psalmist in proclaiming the grandeur of God in the morning or night sky.  I had occasion to read Psalm 19 during my sacred time with God one morning this past week.  I have been taking full advantage of the cool spells we’ve enjoyed recently in Lower Michigan and have relocated my sacred space to the quaint outdoor niche we’ve created.  (As an aside, I looked up the definition and synonyms of niche to ensure I wasn’t just being fancy, and I found that my choice couldn’t have been any truer … a place or position suitable or appropriate for a person or thing; a place all one’s own.  I pray you have one of those for the time you regularly spend with God.)  As I read the words, my mind went to stirring sunrises and sunsets I’ve experienced in my life.  The time I was compelled, as my uncle and I drove a lonely road in Northern Michigan at dusk, to pull the car over and physically get out and stare at the sunset, which literally made the horizon appear to be on fire.  Its sunfire yellows, blazing oranges, haunting grays and deep purples were unlike any I’d seen painted together before …  The skies display his craftsmanship.  I don’t believe there is one of us who would dispute that the hand and person of God is evidenced in a sunrise or sunset.  The radiant morning sky, the brilliant blue noon-day sky, and the stunning sky at sunset … these are unmistakable evidences and bold proclamations of God’s existence, craftsmanship and glory.

Yet, what of the sky I was looking at that particular morning?  The sky which was a consistent palate of creams and grays.  The sky so thick with dusty, cotton-ball clouds that daylight was the only proof that the sun had risen.  This sky was far from grandeur.  This sky obscured any evidence of the radiant sun which was traveling across it.  And so it is with the life of every follower of Jesus.

There is no denying the existence of the light within us.  We are all made in His image, but His Spirit enters us at the moment of our genuine belief.  It is a light which can never be extinguished.  It is a Son which produces breath-taking sunrises and stunning sunsets visible to all who stand long enough to gaze at us.  While the light can never be extinguished, it can be obscured — obscured by the dusty, cotton ball clouds of our circumstances or sin.  The circumstances and sin, that is, that we allow to remain – that we allow to imprison us and blot out the light that cannot be extinguished.

If one was to look at you today, which sky would they see?  Does your relationship with God and daily steps in following Jesus display his craftsmanship?  Do they proclaim the glory of God?  Do they “speak” and “make Him known” to a world who desperately needs Him?  The breath-taking sunrises, stunning sunsets and brilliant blues at noon are rarely cloudless.  The clouds many times enhance the experience of what your eyes take in.  We are not perfect, but we are redeemed.  Our lives should be the canvases upon which the Creator of the universe displays His craftsmanship.  Let your life blaze today.  Let it speak today.  Make Him known today by allowing the Son to burn off those mourning clouds and reveal the brilliant light that someone in your world desperately needs.

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Responses

  1. We often miss the skies because we fail to “look up”. Busyness, focus, care, distraction, desire, occupation, diligence, commitment – among many other things – have their way of pulling us from the proclamations, displays and Voice. When we simply turn from what we are “seeing” for a moment and look up, we have probably all experienced the captivation of the message that has gone throughout the earth. 🙂

    A repentance of sorts – turning. Not just from the things we classify as sin, but all things, “good, bad and indifferent”, that are keeping us from seeing the view.

    John Piper defines repenting as, “experiencing a change of mind that now sees God as true and beautiful and worthy of all our praise and all our obedience”.

    Repenting, confessing, dying – all God-provided avenues of changing to a better view. Think of someone or something that you would just not miss if they/it were in town. You want to show your praise! What of Him who is worthy of all of our praise? A worth that is not dependent on our recognition, acknowledgement or agreement, but an absolute worth that stands totally upon itself! A worth that “will” receive all our praise, not that can or may, when we truly, by grace, see it/Him. Not a worth that we feel coerced to praise, but a worth that we passionately desire and “get to” praise! 🙂

    Well, once again a provided opportunity for me to observe, ponder and consider God’s proclamation, display and worth. To “look up!” Thanks, Mark, for being part of the “instigator” role. 🙂


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