The Heavens Declare God’s Glory

From Issue: Discovery 8/1/2011

Christians normally do not try to prove the existence of God to unbelievers by reading a passage in the Bible. After all, atheists do not believe the Bible is from God. (If they did, they wouldn’t be atheists.) However, one Bible passage that would be very appropriate to read to atheists is Psalm 19:1-4. These verses can be used to show someone that the Bible not only says that God exists, but it gives an easy-to-understand argument for God’s existence.

It was about 3,000 years ago that King David wrote:

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

What God told us through His servant David is that we can look to the heavens, examine them from afar, and come to the right conclusion: there must be a Creator of something so big, beautiful, and well-designed. The heavens and the Earth testify day after day and night after night that “He who built all things is God” (Hebrews 3:4). “There is no speech nor language” of any mature person on Earth who cannot understand this truth. People may willfully choose not to believe it, but the evidence from the heavens for a Creator “has gone out through all the earth…to the end of the world.”

How do you account for the fact that the Earth is just the right distance from the Sun for life to exist on Earth? How did the Moon get into just the right spot in space to help control the movement of the Earth’s oceans? Why is it that the Sun, Moon, Earth, and stars travel in predictable patterns? The fact is, the amazing design of the “firmament (heavens) shows His [God’s] handiwork.” The countless number of stars in the night sky testifies to God’s greatness. The enormous size of the heavens declares His glory.

“The Lord is great and greatly to be praised” for “the Lord made the heavens”(Psalm 96:4,5).


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