Amazing Silence

1 The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
2 Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.
3 There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.
4 Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their utterances to the end of the world
In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.

6 It’s rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.  Psalm 19:1-6


Father Thomas Keating, a wonderful monk that my wife Lizzy and I have met several times, has said "God's first language is Silence. Everything else is a translation." I really didn't know what he meant by that a first, but as I reflected further on what he had said and then read Psalm 19, it became very clear. God’s first language is silence and Psalm 19 says so. Everyday we rise, we see God's handiwork on display. During the day, in a morning sunrise or at sunset the heavens are "telling" the glory of God. Every night sky we see is also "telling" us of the glory of God. This display of God through nature is called Natural Revelation. Through Natural Revelation the universe and all that is in it, bears the mark of it’s God. Every time I see the colors of a sunset, I marvel at the beauty and when I see the night sky I also am astounded by all the magnitude and complexity. I can't help but think that everyone must know in their hearts that God has to exist, on just what we see.

Living here in Germany, seeing the rugged Alps every morning and evening with the alpine glow at sunrise and sunset is incredible. I think the people here in Bavaria must also agree with the Psalmist because most all the houses here are painted with nature or biblical scenes on the outside of them, and as I've said before- everyone greets each other with Gruss Gott (Greetings from God.) The next time you see a beautiful sunrise, sunset, night sky, or take a hike in beautiful Colorado- remember that God is trying to get your attention and show you He loves you through the beauty that you see that He created especially for you.

God's first language is silence......but that silence is amazing!

God Bless,

Matt

1 comment (Add your own)

1. Julie wrote:
Beautiful! Tomorrow as I rise, I will be sure to embrace the beauty of God in the silence of the sunrise!

Tue, October 12, 2010 @ 6:35 PM

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