On this second day God created the heavens: “God called the expanse heaven” (Gen. 1:7). David was one of the first to realize that these heavens had a voice. He would often worship in the sanctuary of God’s creation. Instead of gazing like us at a data projector image, he would lift up his eyes to the sky. Much of his inspiration came from beholding God’s works. Consequently he exclaimed:
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4)
If this is the case, then what do the heavens communicate to us? What is its message? What statement was God making of himself on the second day? Though the message is manifold, David strikes its main chord when he proclaims: “Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies” (Psalm 36:5). To the man after God’s own heart, the heavens were a continual reminder of Yahweh’s love. There really is nothing else in creation that speaks louder of God’s expansive love. Paul’s very prayer was that the Ephesians “may have power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:18-19).
Prayer: Father, when I look up to the heavens – the sky, the clouds and even the stars – let me be reminded of your unfailing and expansive love for me and all creation. Let me, my church and community know this love that surpasses all knowledge.