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The Heavens Declare

by Joni Eareckson Tada

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

Psalm 19:1

The night sky has its own Christmas lights, sparkling, twinkling, and glittering with the glory of God. “Lord,” I whisper when I look up into the thick blanket of stars, “thank you for coming to earth.” Like you, I’m amazed that he did. Think of it…

Our solar system, as immense as it is, is just one small speck in the Milky Way galaxy. How small? Let’s say the Milky Way galaxy were the size of North America. Using that scale, our sun and its planets would fit into a coffee cup somewhere in a little corner of that continent. What’s more amazing is that the Milky Way is just an average galaxy among billions of others far bigger. The number of stars, trillions upon trillions, is incomprehensible. Astronomers are now convinced that there are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on the beaches of the world. And remember, this doesn’t mean that Earth is a grain of sand; no, our sun—the star—would be the grain of sand. This makes Earth infinitesimally small! And on this eensy speck of earth, out of the billions of people, the Lord of the universe came to earth to save you.

Glory! Truly the heavens declare his glory as nothing else. No verse of Scripture alludes to other parts of God’s creation doing so. The seas don’t declare his glory, and neither do the mountains or the waves. Only the heavens. Little wonder the psalmist said, “When I look up into the night skies and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you have made—I cannot understand how you can bother with mere puny man, to pay any attention to him!” (Ps. 8:3-4 LB).

Praise God, you are no bother to him. Jesus, the Lord of the heavens, has paid attention to you. He came to earth for you. Awesome! Today’s thoughts make God’s righteousness shine like the stars. Truly “the heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory” (Ps. 97:6). Go outside tonight, look at the stars, and give him praise.

What a Christmas gift you’ve given us, Jesus. You, the Lord of the heavens, have come down to save us. What glory!

Taken from More Precious than Silver

By Joni Eareckson Tada

Copyright © 1998
Published in Print by Zondervan, Grand Rapids

All Scripture quotations, unless otherwise indicated, are taken from the Holy Bible: New International Version.

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