7473 - Nature Declares God


Audio transcript

In the book of Romans (1:19-20) we read: “since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

How is it possible for the natural creation to communicate? Listen to Psalm 19 (1-4):

“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. 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.”

This passage tells us that these members of nature were created by God with a language. They give forth speech. Twenty-four hours a day they give forth knowledge regarding the glory of God. I’m impressed to see that these messages go out to every tribe and every tongue in the earth.

The question is, are we tuned to receive and understand these messages?

Other scripture passages give us glimpses into this process. Psalm 148 (1-13 RSV) reads:

“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his host! Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars! Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens! Let them praise the name of the Lord! For he commanded and they were created. And he established them for ever and ever; he fixed their bounds which cannot be passed.

Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and frost, stormy wind fulfilling his command! Mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars! Beasts and all cattle, creeping things and flying birds! Kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all rulers of the earth! Young men and maidens together, old men and children! Let them praise the name of the Lord, for his name alone is exalted: his glory is above earth and heaven.”

This passage relates a vast array of the various instruments of creation which are called upon to send forth messages of praise: there are angels and the heavenly host; sun and moon and all the stars; the heavens and the clouds, all are called upon to give forth their message. Even natural forces on earth; sea creatures, lightening, hail, snow, the stormy winds. The hills and mountains, trees of all kinds, wild animals and domestic stock, the small creatures and flying birds all have ability to communicate with God and to convey the message of God’s nature and power to mankind.

Romans (8:20-22) tells us that creation was subjected to frustration by the Creator after the fall, and that with eager longing they look forward to the restoration of original perfection which will be restored after the judgment of sin.

God hears and understand these messages from His creation. These messages were much more clearly understood by man before sin entered life.

In Luke (19:40) Jesus told the Pharisees that if the praise of the crowd during His triumphal entry into Jerusalem was quieted, then the stones on the road and fields would cry out praise to Him. Just think, even rocks have the capacity to give praise to God.

To think that these instruments of nature send out their messages to the ends of the earth, with praise and joy.