Psalms 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork.”
The Earth that we live in is certainly is beautiful. From Mount Everest with all its snow to the Caribbean with its sun and sandy beaches, there is so much beauty to see. Farms and city landscapes. Towns and villages. The Earth is so wonderful as it shows the glory and handiwork of God.
The heavens declare the glory of God. In Heaven, there are more angels than can be counted and they all sing the glory of God. Closer to Earth, there are others that declare the glory of God. Birds, for example, sing for the glory of God. How, you ask? God made the bird and made the bird a certain way with a certain voice. The bird then makes that noise to show how proud it is of how it is made. Other creatures that fly also show the glory of God. Butterflies show the glory of God in their beautiful patterns and craftsmanship. Some look as if they had painted wings. This shows how much care God puts into His creation.
The firmament shows His handiwork. Mountains, lakes, streams, and even volcanoes show God’s handiwork. Lakes, with their magnificent blues and greens, can be breath-taking. Mountains tower over everything and show the mighty hand of God. Volcanoes, with their power, show that God can make something beautiful out of something that can be destructive. Most importantly, God’s handiwork includes us.
We are God’s greatest creation. God took time to make us more special than any other animal, plant, or landscape. We have minds to be able to think and process multiple items at once. We have vocal cords that enable us to talk. We have hands that are capable of completing so many tasks that other animals cannot. We have legs that enable us to walk, climb, run and jump. We also have one other thing that other parts of creation do not have: souls.
After we die and our physical bodies go away, what we are left with is our soul. Our soul is the very essence of who we are. The culmination of what we see and believe in. Our souls can go one of two ways: they can go toward God or away from God. Going toward God means denying the world and following God only. Going away means denying God and living for the here and now. See, many people do not believe there is anything for us after this life. They think that once we die, that is all. God never said that, in fact, God tells us about two places we can go depending on our choices. We can go to Heaven with God or Hell with Satan. No middle location. No “in-between” place.
The fact is, we need God. We need what he offers to us. We are sinful. Our sin has caused us to be separated from God. With Jesus, the Son of God, we can be free from sin. We can be free to live for God and with God. We must remember that our salvation is not free though. Jesus died and more than that, He was beaten and tortured for us. Jesus never sinned, yet He took on the sins of the world to save the world from itself. All the corruption, lust, greed, murder, envy, and so much more. Jesus did this for us. We owe everything to Jesus, a debt that we can never pay back. The glory and handiwork of God is amazing and we show never forget where everything comes from. Give the credit and honor to God alone.
You amaze me with Your beauty that You create. You made us and we are so thankful for our life that we can live. We owe everything to You. You are so glorious and Your handiwork is simply breath-taking for lack of a better term. Help us to never forget where we come from or where the beauty of the world comes from. Help us to never lose sight of where our souls are going. If we are not on the right path, guide us to it. If we are, help us to stay on that path. We love you so much.
In Your name we pray,