“One-A-Week Challenge” – Week 33

“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

Psalm 19:1 niv

Ps19In the movie Forrest Gump, we get a glimpse into the complex life of a simple man. When reflecting on his time in Vietnam, Forrest said,

Sometimes it would stop raining long enough for the stars to come out… and then it was nice. It was like just before the sun goes to bed down on the bayou. There was always a million sparkles on the water… like that mountain lake. It was so clear, Jenny, it looked like there were two skies one on top of the other. And then in the desert, when the sun comes up, I couldn’t tell where heaven stopped and the earth began. It’s so beautiful.

I am sure you have your own experiences and examples of looking at the beauty of God’s creation. There does not seem to be enough words to describe the beauty of a night sky.

I remember one night in Ghana when Mark Chase and I were awed by the heavenly display of lights in the sky. The night was crystal clear and without any artificial lights but the majesty of God’s glory was overwhelming. I think I had a glimpse of what David wrote in Psalm 8

“O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth.
You have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!

Last week we were reminded that God is the creator of everything. In this week’s verse we hear a hymn of praise from David as he reflects on the glory of God as revealed through nature.

The supreme God of all expects and demands praise. He can do this because He is God! Notice here that David says the heavens declare the glory of God. God’s ways are above our ways and His glory cannot be overstated. God will always have His glory declared.

Jesus proclaimed to the religious crowd of His day that if people did not give Him the glory He deserved that even the “stones would cry out.” You and I are given the responsibility and requirement to declare the glory of God through our words, works, witness, and worship. This requires us to live in the reality of His presence and power. This comes as we feast on the Word of God and choose to give Him all the glory.

I urge you to look to the sky and reflect on the marvelous, wondrous works of God. He is God and looks for your praise.


  1. mark chase on August 14, 2016 at 9:08 am

    Thank you Roy. That was actually the Milky Way we were looking at. I thought it was a cloud, but it never moved. Awesome! I still sit outside in the back and look up late at night. Not only do I look at the stars, but also the satellites orbiting. These days most of all I keep one eye on the eastern sky. Every time I see lightening flash, I think just how close we are to our blessed hope. Remember, be anxious for nothing….Pray, Praise and Passion! Think on these things!

  2. EJ Underwood on August 15, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    Thank you for being so faithful. I really enjoyed reading Morgan’s story. I hope she will come to Charlotte so I can see her production. She is a real role model. I prayed for you and your ministry (I feel like JC & I are a part of it) today and realized I need to be praying for you more often than just when you are traveling. Take care my friend, EJ

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