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In Awe

Read Psalms 19:1-14

The heavens are telling the glory of God; they are a marvelous display of his craftsmanship. Day and night they keep on telling about God. Without a sound or word, silent in the skies, their message reaches out to all the world. The sun lives in the heavens where God placed it and moves out across the skies as radiant as a bridegroom going to his wedding, or as joyous as an athlete looking forward to a race! The sun crosses the heavens from end to end, and nothing can hide from its heat.

God's laws are perfect. They protect us, make us wise, and give us joy and light. God's laws are pure, eternal, just. They are more desirable than gold. They are sweeter than honey dripping from a honeycomb. For they warn us away from harm and give success to those who obey them. Psalm 19:1-11 (TLB)

Avery Ochs, from Texas, recently went camping with friends. As he sat in front of the campfire, his legs warm and aglow from the flames, he looked up at the array of stars speckling the night sky. Having been in the city for a long time, Avery hadn't seen stars so clearly in years. It pulled him back to the many memories he has of sitting under a night sky, feeling the vastness of creation. And like the writer of Psalm 19, Avery knew in that moment that God was good because he was experiencing the goodness of God's handiwork.

All weekend as they hiked, swam, and enjoyed the outdoors, Avery could sense the fine detail God has woven into creation. He remembered how nature affects our entire being and involves all our senses. Avery thinks God made nature all-encompassing so that it would command our attention. Psalm 19:4-5 talks about how the sun's heat affects every part of the earth as it circles the sky. In the same way, God's love affects every part of us as we live every day in God's presence.

Prayer: Dear God, thank you for the goodness of your creation. Help us to remember that the beauty of your creation is a reflection of your love for us, in Jesus' name. Amen.


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