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Do The Heavens Speak To Us? Yes, According To The Psalms And Charlie Brown

In Psalm 19, using wonderful imagery, the Psalmist (probably David) says the heavens have a voice that “goes out into all the earth.” He also says that the heavens pour forth speech but then says the heavens have no speech, that is, “no words.”

But they have a lot to say through what we see in the heavens; for example, “a tent pitched for the sun.” No doubt, the super moon we just experienced would be part of the voice of the heavens. A rainbow. A sunrise. A sunset. Clouds. Stars. Rain. Snow. Planets. Meteors.

What do these features of the heavens say to us? In general terms, according to Psalm 19:1 (NIV): “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

But as individuals, these features may mean different things at different times. The meaning of a sunset could have something to do with the kind of day we’ve had. The meaning of a sunrise could have its origin in the previous night’s sleep.

One of my favorite Peanuts cartoons depicts Charlie Brown, Lucy and Linus lying on the ground looking up at the clouds. Lucy says: “Aren’t the clouds beautiful? They look like balls of cotton. I could just lie here all day and watch them drift by. If you can use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud formations. What do think you see, Linus?”

Among other things, Linus’ reply includes: “That group of clouds over there gives me the impression of the stoning of Stephen. I can see the Apostle Paul standing there to one side.”

Lucy then says: “That’s very good. What do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown?”

Charlie Brown: “Well, I was going to say I saw a ducky and a horsie, but I changed my mind.”

Interpreting the clouds and other features of the heavens can be a fun, even spiritual experience. If we take the time to let the “voice” of the heavens sink in, we will catch a glimpse of God and his creation.

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