Tuesday, April 3, 2018

The Glory of God

The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun, which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.
 
—Ps. 19:1-6
In the first verse, the psalmist repeats one thing twice, according to his usual manner. He introduces the heavens as witnesses and preachers of the glory of God, attributing to the dumb creature a quality which, strictly speaking, does not belong to it, in order the more severely to upbraid humans for their ingratitude, if they should pass over so clear a testimony with unheeding ears. 
—John Calvin, Commentary on Psalm 19:1

Forgive me, Lord, that I, who have been blessed with intellect and speech, should fail to articulate what dumb nature constantly and beautifully proclaims. Help me to speak the language of your praise, in Jesus' Name. Amen.