In Psalm 19:1, David exclaims “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” David the king recalls his days and nights spent outdoors, first as a shepherd and then as a fugitive, when star-filled nights were followed by the welcomed warmth of the rising sun. The beautiful poetry we read in expressions like “He has pitched a tent for the sun which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course”, reminds us that there are predictable rhythms and patterns in the sky and that God is in control.
Over the thousands of years that have passed since David penned Psalm 19, our concepts of the Universe have changed in fundamental ways. Yet, with each new space probe and improvement in telescope design come an increased sense of the “specialness” of the Creation. The ideal distance of the Earth from the life-sustaining Sun and Earth’s perfect physical characteristics make it a rare, if not unique, oasis of life. The fine-tuning of the laws of physics to allow the presence of life in the Universe also seems to demand the planning of a Master Designer. For me, as it was for David, the evidence for God is not subtle and it delights me that in an age of modern science the heavens still declare God’s glory.
- Mickey Kutzner