The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
The natural world is astounding. Beauty can be found everywhere—the sun shining through the clouds after a rain; a bird soaring on the wind; the sheer power of a tiger. Volumes upon volumes have been written to describe these various wonders.
David, in Psalm 19, eloquently says to look around. In everything, God’s power and wisdom are on display. The realm of this Earth testifies to the existence of a Creator. In everything there is order and purpose pointing to an intelligent designer.
Man, over the centuries, has tried to make monuments to God. No expense was spared in the building of Solomon’s Temple. The Temple, overlain with gold and set on top of a hill, could be seen for miles and miles around. The grand cathedrals of Europe are wonders of architecture, marvels of engineering, and beauties of art. Even today, church buildings are the same as yesteryear. But, here’s what God said of all that: “Would you build Me a house to dwell in?” (2 Samuel 7:5).
The God who crafted the Grand Canyon, the Rocky Mountains, and the gigantic redwoods is not impressed by any work of man that has been done with the intent of praising Him. The God who fashioned hummingbirds is not fascinated by a Rolex watch. Solomon says concerning these things:
As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. – Eccl. 11:5
He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. — Ecclesiastes 3:11
Solomon says that the intricacies and vastness of the universe can never be comprehended.
Yet, in the face of a world that is intricately crafted to the minutest detail, men say that all this just happened. Man, they say, is the result of anomalies of previous generations of species. What is more logical: intelligent design or blind chance? “The fool says in his heart, ‘there is no God.’” (Psalm 14:1) Saying that all the wonders of the natural world just happened by chance is not only foolish, but also eternally devastating.
To sum up, David writes:
He who sits in the heavens laughs;
the Lord holds them in derision.
Then He will speak to them in His wrath,
and terrify them in His fury.