The Heavens Declare

Kevin DeYoung

READ : Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (v. 1 ESV)

Psalm 19 is the classic text about God’s revelation, both God’s special revelation in his word (vv. 7-14) and God’s general revelation through his creation (vv. 1-6). General revelation cannot save us, but it is sufficient for seeing God’s eternal power and divine nature (Romans 1:20).

When we delight in God’s handiwork, God is glorified. I have very refined culinary tastes, which is another way of saying I’m a terribly picky eater. I don’t eat my vegetables (unless my kids are around), and I don’t try new things without cajoling. My wife has to put up with a lot. She is tolerant with me as long as I eat what’s in front of me. But she is honored when I “mmm” and “aahh” at the table, savoring each bite of her food. My delight in her creation glorifies her.

In the same way God is pleased when we admire the squirrel outside our window stuffing his cheeks with acorns, the fireflies dotting the sky on a summer’s night, or the way you can hear the corn grow in the middle of July. To paraphrase C.S. Lewis: beauty isn’t in the eye of the beholder as much as beauty exists for those who have the eyes to see it.


Father, give me eyes to see wonders all around me. Amen.