Tuesday, 17 July 2012

The Verse - Psalm 19:1 - 4

The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.

Psalm 19:1-4  ESV

On Sunday, 15th July 2012, the Southern night sky was filled with the dazzling and spectacular light display called the Aurora Australis, or Southern Lights. Watching this clip made me think of the above Bible verse. When we tiny human beings look up at the sky and see the indescribable displays of art and beauty there, does it not naturally lead us to think there MUST be a God? There must be some kind of creative and intelligent mind behind these beautiful works that no master artist could even begin to paint.

One thing I love about God (among countless things) is that He loves beauty, like we humans do. In fact, He created us to love beauty. God reveals this beauty through His creation and the wonderful design of the world in order to point us to Him, that we might know Him. As the verse above says: "The heavens declare the glory of God". Creation exists so that we might know God and know that He made this universe. He created us to appreciate beauty in order that we would love the beauty He fashioned, and that His creation would ultimately lead us to the beauty of the cross. Jesus entered His creation as a humble baby, led a sinless life, and then took the wrath that we deserved by dying on the cross, so that we might be reconciled to God. Ultimately, then, the most beautiful thing in the world is the blood-stained cross on which Jesus died.

Case in point:

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