The heavens declare the glory of God. The firmament sheweth His handiwork.
Like so much of scripture, what a simple, yet profound thought! Whereas we humans, myself included, find brevity so elusive, God can proclaim His glory in two short sentences and refute millions of people’s false beliefs in 12 simple English words.
God’s glory is declared by the heavens and the firmament (sky or expanse). Is this personification or do they really talk? Either way, as we dig deeper into outer space and view the complexity of God’s creation, the vastness of the expanse and the beauty beheld, we are continuously convicted of the knowledge of our Creator and His eternal divinity. (Romans 1:19-20) The mere fact that the heavens cannot contain Him, (1 Kings 8:27), while they are far beyond our comprehension is enough to stifle our pride at least momentarily. The sky exhibits to us a clear picture of design, beauty, power and greatness. They are, indeed, the works of His hands. (Ps 104:2, 5).
Possibly more awe-inspiring is my understanding that the complexity contained in our bodies is mathematically even greater than what the heavens declare. There are over 3 billion base pairs in EACH STRAND of DNA in your cells. Look at the human brain’s synaptic connections. There are more potential connections between the billion or so neurons in the human brain than there are atoms in the universe. God’s design is seen everywhere, and His Glory is not hidden but, rather, suppressed (Romans 1:18). This verse is a great foundation for your trust in the scriptural account of creation, so that you can be ready to proclaim God’s Glory as well as the heavens, using His handiwork as a visual aid, and transitioning form there to man’s accountability as a creature and then to the Savior; maybe even for someone you love who is dead in their trespasses, maybe even today!