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Hearing the Sky

June 18th, 2008

Focus Text: Psalm 19: 1-6 (NLT)

1 The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
 The skies display his craftsmanship.

2 Day after day they continue to speak;
 night after night they make him known.

3 They speak without a sound or word;
 their voice is never heard.

4 Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
 and their words to all the world. God has made a home in the heavens for the sun.

5 It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding.
 It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race.

6 The sun rises at one end of the heavens
 and follows its course to the other end.
 Nothing can hide from its heat.


My greatest memory of “hearing” the sky had to be my trip to Panama in 2007. Along with about twenty other men, I found myself eight hours from the nearest phone, hospital, or major city. Sleeping in a tent in the middle of an Indian village on top of a mountain, I was completely removed from the light pollution I was used to.

The funny thing about light pollution (the light that cities give off into the night sky) is that you don’t notice how much it affects your view of the sky until it is removed. In other words, living near Nashville, Tennessee, I never knew what I was missing. In Panama, there were literally millions of stars that came into view. They had always been there, I had simply changed my position– and therefore, my perception.

Psalm 19: 1 tells us that the sun, moon, and stars display God’s wonder. Verse 2 tells us that this majestic display continues to “speak” to us “day after day” and “night after night.” Yet, out of the last month of your life, how many nights have you sat out underneath the evening sky and gazed at the stars? For most of us, the answer can be counted on one hand (unless you’re some sort of astronomer.) To put it plainly, we simply do not stop to view the brilliance even though it is displayed above us every day and every night. His mercy never changes; we do.

I encourage you to stop today and listen to the sky– not just the stars, but rather the radiance of what God has done in your life. Truth be told, He has done extraordinary things in each of us “day by day” and we are often guilty of missing the vividness due to the “light pollution” of our lives. The distractions of living can optically drown out our view of God.

But on the distant mountain, all the stars become clear again. The moon captures your imagination just like when you were a kid. The wonder reemerges like a long-lost comet.

Change your position– and therefore, your perception. Turn off the TV and grab your “spiritual” backpack. Take a chance and let your endless list of things to do take a back seat. Trek up the mountain and wait patiently for dusk to fall. Fight off the light pollution and gaze again at the luminosity of God’s love–you might be surprised at what you see. Just like the description of the sun in verse 5, you will find yourself energized like “a great athlete eager to run the race.” The sky is screaming—are you listening?



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