The Testimony of the Skies
In Psalm 19, David speaks of how the skies give evidence to the wonder and greatness of the God who created them. In verses 3-4, David writes, “There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth; their words to the ends of the world.”
David was claiming that creation itself announces the good news of its Creator to peoples everywhere—even where they cannot read the words of the Bible or understand the languages of missionaries.
The universe, as it exists, reveals to people everywhere that it came into being and holds together with amazing orderliness to it.
A children’s book titled The Chance World describes an imaginary planet where everything happens unpredictably. For example, the sun might rise one day or it might not, and it might appear at any hour. One day you might jump up and not come down, and the next day find gravity so strong you can’t even lift your feet. After reading The Chance World, Henry Drummond, the Scottish biologist, writer and lecturer, pointed out that in such a place where natural law was annihilated, “reason would be impossible. It would become a lunatic world with a population of lunatics.” But we live in a world of orderliness, and that points us to One who holds everything in right order.
The late anthropologist and Director of Peru’s National Museum of Archeology, Philip Ainsworth Means, writes of the Inca worship of Inti, the Sun God, but Means noticed that the Inca emperor Pachacuti grew skeptical of the idea of the sun as a god. Means says of Pachacuti’s skepticism, “He pointed out how that luminary always follows a set path, performs definite tasks, and keeps certain hours as does a laborer.” Pachacuti had experienced the truth of Psalm 19:3-4: The “voice” of creation had testified to him that even the sun was under the orderly rule of the One who assigned the sun its tasks.
The intricate orderliness of creation has also spoken to the minds of some of the world’s greatest scientists. Isaac Newton once remarked, “The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being.”
Robert Boyle, who is looked upon as the Father of Modern Chemistry, shared, “[When] I study the book of nature I find myself oftentimes reduced to exclaim with the Psalmist, ‘How manifold are Thy works, O Lord! In wisdom hast Thou made them all.’”
One of the richest joys of life is to stand upon a mountain or before the ocean or under the night sky and to bask in the marvel of creation and to contemplate with awe the creativity and order and power and intricate care of the One who assembled all of this.