“The Heavens Declare”

Jesus said, in His Triumphal Entry, when the crowd was shouting ” Baruch Haba B’Shem Adonoi (Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord), “I tell you if they keep quiet – the stones will cry out” This statement was in response to the Pharisees telling Him to rebuke His disciples for praising Him. Even the stones will cry out. When we look at stones, and other forms of nature, we see them, in a very real sense crying out. Psalm 19 speaks of this statement of nature, “The heavens declare the glory of God, the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day, they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. “Romans also confirms this statement – that all of nature gives us the knowledge that there is a creator. When we look into the sky or gaze at the sea, how could anyone of us, for even a moment doubt the existence of a creator? The magnificence of the universe cannot be misconstrued as some accident. Looking at the mountains, valleys, sunrises, and sunsets only reinforce this innate feeling that a Supreme Being, not only exists, but is involved in our world. God revealed Himself to the world by nature and almost 2000 years ago revealed Himself again, through the supernatural Birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. He fulfilled over three hundred prophecies, many beyond any human control. His birth, proclaimed by the prophet Isaiah over 700 years before, His death spoken of in the Psalms, again hundreds of years prior. Many other specific things, such as the prophet Micah ( chapter 5:2 ) speaking of the town He would be born in – not just Bethlehem – but Bethlehem, Ephrathah ( for there were two towns named Bethlehem ) such specificity shows the accuracy and speaks for the truth of Scripture. Now David after seeing that the Heavens declare God’s glory finishes Psalm 19 in verse 14 with “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” Surely when we see the wonders of the universe and realize that God is so awesome, we too, need to pray that not only our words – but also the thoughts that we allow ourselves to dwell on, (the meditations of our hearts) need to be pleasing in His sight. May we all learn to submit our thoughts, words,

and actions to the loving watch of the Holy Spirit.
In Him,

Rev. Larry Sassmann

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