Ruby is a freelance writer from the Philippines. Besides writing, she enjoys gardening and studying the Scripture.
A casual reading of the first few verses of Psalm 19 may make you think that it merely talks about nature, especially if you look at its first verse. However, a deeper study of it, may amaze you and lead you to wonder about more meaningful insights presented here.
In this specific psalm, the poet King David states that all of the heavens preach about God. He reminds us that the heavenly bodies announce about God, they talk about Him. The sun, moon, stars, and galaxies all demonstrate what God does. A casual reading of the first few verses of Psalm 19 may make you think that it merely talks about nature, especially if you look at its first verse. However, a deeper study of it, may amaze you and lead you to wonder about more meaningful insights presented here.
Verse 2 amazes me because here, I discover that the writer emphasizes the fact that the heavenly bodies are speaking of God continuously, that is 24/7, without stopping, 24 hours. Wow! Isn’t that amazing? It’s not one or two or three hours that they speak of God but continuously. In other words, throughout their existence. Their entire lives declare about God.
Interestingly, Verse 3 even shocks me more. Because it tells us how these heavenly bodies make God known. The author here articulates that these heavenly bodies speak about God but without sound and words! How does that happen? I ask. Yes, they speak without words and their voice is not even heard as they tell of God. Is that possible? Verse 3 even clarifies it. It stresses more of this fact, and it makes me wonder even more.
When you look at verse 4, the point is becoming more obvious, it adds more weight to the previous verse. No words, no sound, no voice but—the message is heard throughout the world. What? How could that be? The verse makes it clearer and plainer here. It simply declares that all the heavenly bodies are proclaiming about God having no words or sound at all. But, despite all that, their message about God is very clear throughout the world. No one can even dare to question it. What a fitting message for all.
My Final Thoughts
From these verses mentioned above, I realized that preaching or telling about God and His handiwork does not always necessitate verbal or spoken words. It does not always rely on voice or the tongue. There are times that at times we must use other means of proclaiming God and His message of salvation. These could be our positive influence, right action, and our sincere life lived to the glory of God. Ellen G. White declared, “Actions speak louder than words.”
In the first two stanzas of the poem of Edgar A. Guest entitled, “I'd Rather See a Sermon Than Hear One Any Day,” Guest states,
“I'd rather see a sermon than hear one any day;
I'd rather one should walk with me than merely tell the way.
The eye is a better pupil, more willing than the ear;
Fine counsel is confusing, but example is always clear,
And the best of all the preachers are the men who live their creeds,
For to see a good put in action is what everybody needs.
I can soon learn how to do it if you will let me see it done;
I can watch your hand in action, but your tongue too fast may run.
And the lectures you deliver may be very wise and true,
But I'd rather get my lesson by observing what you do.
For I may misunderstand you and the high advice you give,
But there is no misunderstanding how you act and how you live."
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