Saturday, May 31, 2014

Heavenly Praise - May 31, 2014

Psalm 19:1-6 (New International Version)
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.

3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.

In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
5 It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
6 It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is deprived of its warmth.

I found this amazing photograph from The World At Night project, a collection of stunning photographs and time-lapse videos of the world’s landmarks against the celestial attractions. Above is the winning photograph from the "2nd International Earth and Sky Photo Contest on Dark Skies Importance 2011". As was announced in the British tabloid Daily Mail, "Stephane Vetter's 'A Starry Night in Iceland' won first prize in the Beauty of the Night Sky category. The arch of the aurora shines over Jökulsárlón, the largest glacier lake in Iceland while the Milky Way is framed by the dancing ring of the northern lights".(1)

In seeing this beautiful photograph, I was immediately reminded of the passage from the Book of Psalms noted above. Our God has created amazing things, yet of all of His creatures, it is only man that can enjoy these spectacular sights. Why is it then that so many on our planet deny God's existence, and in doing so deny the pre-eminence of man in Creation? God created these sights not only for our enjoyment, but more significantly so that we could know that we had a Creator, and in our awe of what He had created we would seek Him. In doing so we would offer Him praises for what He had done.

Does the image above convince you that God does exist? Does it cause you to be in awe of our Creator? Does it cause you to more deeply seek Him? If your answer is "yes" to these questions, be sure that you give Him your highest praise.

Photo by Stephen Vetter from as featured in the (1)Daily Mail

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