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Day 5: The Skies Proclaim the Work of His Hands

I Believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth

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Psalm 19

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.
In the heavens 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.
It rises at one end of the heavens
       and makes its circuit to the other;
       nothing is hidden from its heat.
The law of the Lord is perfect,
       reviving the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
       making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
       giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
       giving light to the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is pure,
       enduring forever.
The ordinances of the Lord are sure
       and altogether righteous.
They are more precious than gold,
       than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
       than honey from the comb.
By them is your servant warned;
       in keeping them there is great reward.
Who can discern his errors?
       Forgive my hidden faults.
Keep your servant also from willful sins;
       may they not rule over me.
Then will I be blameless,
       innocent of great transgression.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
       be pleasing in your sight,
       O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

MEDITATE

Psalm 19 captures what many have called the two books of revelation: the Creation itself and the Torah (the law or Word of God). Everything God creates points back to God. Every word God speaks reveals more of his nature. Tonight, go outdoors where you might catch a glimpse of the moon and the stars. While there, recite aloud, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Meditate on how they speak of the glory of God through their speechlessness. In the morning, wake early enough to catch the sunrise, and behold the sun springing forth from its pavilion like a champion rejoicing to race across the sky and with every move to shout glory through its brilliant silence. Consider that a degree closer and we would burn up; a degree further away and we would freeze to death. This sun is not a god as so many in history have supposed. No, it points to the God who created it.

Learn to read the book of Creation and to receive its revelation with an ever awakening freshness. Meditate and think on these things. God has ordered our days, weeks, months, and seasons in rhythmic patterns that reveal his brilliant reality.

REFLECT

Let the truth of God sink into your soul to be its foundation stone. God is One, without beginning and without change. There was no one before him who caused him to be, and he will not have anyone after him. He has not had a beginning and he will not ever have an end. He is good and just.

God is One and he has created souls and bodies, heaven and earth.

He is the maker of everything, yet the Father of an only Son before time began: our Lord Jesus Christ through whom he has made all things visible and invisible. God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is not restricted to any one place: not even the heavens can contain him. On the contrary, the heavens are the work of his fingers and it is he who holds the universe in his hands. He is in everything and yet also beyond everything.

Do not imagine that the sun can shine more brightly than he or be as great as he. It was God who created the sun and therefore he is proportionately more magnificent and more brilliant.

He knows what will happen in the future. He is more powerful than anyone. He knows everything and does everything in accordance with his own will. He is not subject to the vicissitudes of time; he does not depend on others; he is not the victim of destiny. He is perfect in everything and possesses all the virtues in their fullness. He it is who has prepared a crown for the righteous.

—From The Foundation Stone of the Soul
Cyril of Jerusalem, 4th century

ASK

Express your questions, doubts, curiosities, and conundrums.

AFFIRM

Write any fresh affirmation stirring in your heart and mind from today.

Now affirm the Apostles’ Creed aloud:

I believe in God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth, I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord . . .