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Don’t Miss the Chance

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalm 19:1

“Don’t ever miss the chance to show your babies the moon!” she said. Before our mid-week prayer service began, a group of us talked about the previous night’s harvest moon. The full moon was striking, as it seemed to sit on the horizon. Mrs. Webb was the eldest voice in our conversation, a gray-haired lover of God’s grand creation. She knew my wife and I had two children in our home at the time, and she wanted to help me train them in a way worth going. Don’t ever miss the chance to show your babies the moon!

Mrs. Webb would’ve made a good psalmist. Her brand of attentiveness is reflected in David’s description of the heavenly bodies that “have no speech . . . . Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world” (Psalm 19:3–4). Neither the psalmist nor Mrs. Webb had any intention of worshiping the moon or the stars, but rather the creative hands behind them. The heavens and skies reveal nothing less than the glory of God (v. 1).

We too can encourage those around us—from babies and teenagers to spouses and neighbors—to stop, look, and listen, for declarations and proclamations of God’s glory are all around us. Drawing attention to the work of His hands in turn leads to worshiping the awesome God behind the whole show. Don’t ever miss the chance.

How can you slow down and notice the work of God’s hands right now? How can you encourage others to do the same?

If we stop, look, and listen, we’ll see creation declaring God’s glory.


In C. S. Lewis’s Reflections on the Psalms, he refers to Psalm 19 as the greatest poem in the Hebrew songbook with some of the most beautiful lyrics in the world. He goes on to note, however, that it can be easy to miss the connection and progression of “six verses about Nature, five about the Law, and four of personal prayer.” According to Lewis, “The key phrase on which the whole poem depends is ‘there is nothing hid from the heat thereof’ ” (v. 6 kjv). Like the relentless light and heat of the Middle Eastern sun, the words of our Creator (v. 1), Lord (v. 7), and Redeemer (v. 14) pursue the runaway thoughts that hide in our hearts (vv. 11–14). Hearing God’s voice, the poet and songwriter prays, “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer” (v. 14).

Mart DeHaan

By |2019-06-12T14:26:06-04:00June 7th, 2019|
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