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The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. Psalm 19:1
And one called to another and said: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of His glory!” Isaiah 6:3 ESV
Praise Him, sun and moon, praise Him, all you shining stars! Psalm 148:3
He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing. Job 26:7

Each star stays in its orbit, continues to shine, and shouts of God’s glory.

We recognize God’s power. His majesty. His control.
No matter where man is, he can look at the sky and know the God of the universe. Man is without excuse to the Creator God.  “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” Romans 1:19-20 ESV

Satan has tried to mute God’s glory by blurring the stars with man’s city lights. He wants us to focus on what we’ve done, but God’s glory cannot be thwarted. It shines through.

Glory is an interesting word. As a noun, it implies “high renown or honor won by notable achievements.” It portrays “magnificence or great beauty.” When used as a verb, glory means “take great pride or pleasure in.”

The heavens shout God’s great beauty; they show His notable achievements; they give Him pleasure.

The glory of God is infinite, without limits, supreme. His works speak of this eternality, the stars go on forever, their number is beyond us, our God is above even the math it would take to count all the stars


Find the Big Dipper. It faithfully points to the north. Or see our sun shine, day after day. It stays in its orbit, even though it’s a big ball of fire moving through space, in time and place with all the other stars. They follow the laws instituted at creation. The sun shines every day, with a fuel given to it by God to last until He deems its done doing His work.
That shows God’s glory!

Because the sun is there all the time, we take it for granted. Of course, the sun will shine. The moon will control the tides of the ocean. The stars will be there when we look up.

But not always. There is a day coming, when “the sun (will become) black as sackcloth, the full moon (will become) like blood, and the stars of the sky (will fall) to the earth... The sky (will vanish) like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island (will be removed) from its place. Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, (will hide) themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.’” Revelation 6:12-17

That will be another demonstration of God’s glory. All man will recognize His power, His glory, His authority.


On Saturday, August 12, 2017, a meteor shower will occur. Is the sky falling? No.
A meteor is a space rock that enters the earth’s atmosphere.
A meteor shower happens when a comet’s orbit passes through the earth’s path. Because comets’ orbits are lop-sided they pass closer to the sun at times. When they do, the sun heats the comet. (A comet is a frozen dust wad.) Bits of dust and rock, most no larger than a grain of sand, melt from the comet and enter the earth’s atmosphere, burning out in our atmosphere, before they can strike the earth’s surface.

The resistance of falling toward earth makes it extremely hot. That streak of light is not the rock but glowing hot air as the hot rock flew through the earth’s atmosphere. What we see is a “shooting star.”

When many meteoroids hit the earth’s atmosphere, there is a meteor shower. Meteor showers are named for the constellation where the meteors appear to come from. Their “tails” appear to come from the same point because of the perspective from earth.

On August 12, 2017 around 1 PM EDT, the earth will pass through the most debris from the Perseid shower. This meteor shower is predicted to outshine any in human history. The “falling stars” will be more difficult to see due to the three-quarters moon phase, but night will appear as day throughout the world. Most of the shower occuring in the pre-dawn hours. The next shower of this magnitude is predicted to be in 96 years.

The sky will tell of God’s glory, once again. The sky will show forth His magnitude, His power, His laws of nature ordained at the beginning of time, when He hung the stars in space and said, “It is good.” They have obeyed His laws and will shout forth the praise of the God Who made them.

Can we do any less?



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