The Heralding Heavens
By Maureen Miller
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 NIV)
As Christian communicators, we strive to touch the world through our words. We’re encouraged to find our voice, discouraged from trying to sound like another. Mostly, we desire to listen to God’s voice—hear from Him in His word, all the while striving to be like The Word—to live and love like Jesus.
One morning, I listened to my audio Bible as I drove. The narrator’s voice, deep and robust, filled the space in my vehicle. "Psalm 19—for the director of music. A psalm of David," he began.
Though I’ve read this passage before, the words written all those years ago by the shepherd-boy-turned-musician for the King struck a chord in a fresh way. It was as if the sun and stars sang directly to my writer’s heart—not only declaring God’s glory but guiding me in my mission to convey his messages.
What most rang true is found in the middle of David’s melody, and it’s applicable to those who desire to write God’s words—as we seek him regarding the plethora of opportunities which lay before us, asking him, What’s on your heart, Father, and how can I be Your herald?
Because at the center of this psalm
(vv. 7-9), we see—yes, we hear—where our best source for material is
discovered—in the lyrics of the Lord’s
law, in his statutes, precepts, and commands. Though we
may fear speaking truth in love, may quake when we consider how our words could
stir strife among those who disagree, we can rest knowing that offering
messages steeped in these will undoubtedly revive the soul, make wise the
simple, give joy to the heart and light to the eyes.
Indeed … the ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether righteous (Ps. 19:9b NIV).
As Christian communicators, what more could we want? And what must we do? Begin by looking up to hear the heralding heavens.
O Lord, my Rock and Redeemer, please help the words I write and the meditations on my heart be pleasing to you. Amen.
Maureen Miller—wife, mother of three, and Mosie to two—lives on Selah Farm, a hobby homestead nestled in the mountains of western North Carolina. With a passion for God’s Word, Maureen is an award-winning author and photographer, contributing as a guest blogger and to several online devotion sites, as well as to a variety of collaboratives. She prays to have eyes and ears open that she might experience God in the miracles of His created world and blogs weekly about what He has to say at www.penningpansies.com. Her debut novel is under contract with Redemption Press.