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The Heavens Proclaim the Glory of God
Yes, “The heavens proclaim the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). I am aware of this each day, but especially these early spring days, when the skies are deep blue and mottled with bright, billowing, pure white clouds, and everybody feels the joy of the sun’s warmth returning. The songbirds return and fill the air with their crystalline cantos each morning. The flowering trees seem to burst with color as do all the early spring flowers. Yes. The heavens do proclaim the glory of God and our hearts thrill to it. The psalmist knows too that there is another beauty that proclaims the glory of God within us. That is the law of God that is written on our hearts. This Law is perfect and trustworthy. If we come to know it and understand it and accept it, it will give us wisdom. This is a source of true joy for those hearts that come to know God and his precepts for us. If we learn learn and keep his law, if we learn by this to fear the Lord, to fear the loss of his love, we will become wise. Because God’s law is true and always just, our hearts ought to desire it for it is more precious than gold and sweeter than honey from the comb. Knowing his Law, we can be warned away from sin. By obeying it, we will know the rewards of his perfect love. There is another recognition worthy of our contemplation too. That is that, in our weakness, we may not be aware of all of our sins against God’s Law. The psalmist prays, therefore, to be cleansed from his inadvertent sins and from those that arise from his unseen arrogance. This should be our prayer as well. And this…