Wisdom Devotionals

The Heavens Declare

Tuesday, March 3, 2020


Psalm 19:1-2

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

 

I recently finished reading a biography of Mozart.  When he was two years old, he  sat on  the  floor  near  the pianoforte and listened as his older sister received lessons from their father.

One day, without any prompting, little Amadeus toddled over to the piano where his sister was playing. He reached up and played a chord, then another . . . then another, until his hand eventually struck a wrong note. Upon hearing the dissonant sound, he burst into a fit of tears, and his father couldn’t console him for a long time afterward!

His passion for music didn’t end there.  As a young man, Mozart was known to rush into his home after being away, yelling, “Pen! Paper! Hurry!” He would then hurriedly write down the notes that had been playing in his creative mind.

What astonished the musicians of his day was the fact that Mozart could compose so beautifully and meticulously the music he heard in his mind with such ease that he often would finish a piece without ever having had to erase or correct a single note!

It’s little wonder that men like Franz Josef Haydn referred to him as “Mozart the Great.” And no one would argue with that assessment.

I was amazed not so much by the music he composed but the creative thinking behind the music. How could someone—especially one so young—create such riveting and moving melodies that today are still considered some of the greatest symphonic works of all time?

The music of Mozart is not nearly a complete reflection of Mozart the man.  There is so much more behind those musical notes on the page. The same is true with God and His creative masterpieces. 

One evening I was driving to a dinner appointment with my family and we saw the sun setting in the distance. The entire canvass of sky was splashed with diverse shades of orange, red, and purple.  We couldn’t help but park the car and stare with open mouths. A single thought captivated my mind in that moment: “Wow! What a magnificent painting . . . Lord, what a magnificent Creator You are!”

Musical notes and instruments aren’t written or played by themselves. At the end of the performance, they don’t deserve the praise. A master composer hears the music in his mind and then creates the harmonies. He deserves the applause.

By the same token, sunrises and sunsets don’t just happen by themselves. The firmament is a canvass in the hands of a Divine Artist—the Artist of Artists—and each sunrise and sunset is first fashioned in His mind before being put on display.  God deserves the applause.

Whether it’s  rainy or sunny today, take time to look at the world  around you: trees  birds,  people,  clouds,  sky . . . stand in awe once again of the God who saw it first in His infinite mind before bringing it out for public viewing. This what King David did often, and it caused him to cry aloud, “The heavens tell of the glory of God and the expanse is declaring the work of His hands!”

Creation is singing . . . make sure you listen today.

 

Prayer Point: Step outside and get past the normal sights and sounds of everyday life, then stand in awe once again of God’s handiwork which is on display all around you. Praise God for His artistry, for His brilliant composition . . . thank Him for giving you the ability to see and hear the beauty of His creation.

Extra Refreshment: Read Job 38-41 and stand with Job as God unveils to him His power and splendor through the created universe.