Creation: God's Great Podcast

iStock_000070439509_Small By Justin Gray

 

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. In them he has set a tent for the sun.  Psalm 19:1-4 (ESV)

Lately, I’ve started listening to podcasts. I have to be honest, at first I wasn’t a fan. Mostly because I thought podcasts were an alternative for elderly people who have trouble reading. (No, I don’t know where I got this idea from.) Whether I’m in need of spiritual encouragement, training, or just conversational fodder, I can take my pick from a seemingly limitless variety of content.

However, in a virtual sea of digital media, nothing quite compares to God’s streaming message through nature all around us. King David, the great leader and psalmist of Israel’s history, describes this message well in the passage above. Every bird, blade of grass, and star in the sky speaks of God’s unparalleled majesty and superior authority.

The incredible vastness of the cosmos demands that we stop and fall silent in the presence of the Almighty. Day after day the wind whispers of His glory and reminds us that each moment on earth is precious. The fruit which dangles on the vine preaches of God’s provision and sustenance for us all.

The whimpering new born tells us that God gives life and that He is the potter who shapes the clay in secret sacredness of the womb.

But far too often, I find that these things get overlooked or become annoyances in my daily routine. That whimpering baby? A noisy distraction. The sun glowing in all of it’s splendor gets reduced to a frustrating glare on my smartphone screen.

Scripture encourages us to tune in to what God is saying through the world around us. If we desire to worship God in His fullness, we must constantly strive to acknowledge His magnificent works and train our ears to hear the message of His greatness through creation.

Reflection

Pick a time during the day to be tech-free.

Spend some time meditating on God’s word and the beauty of His creation.