sunrise-ocean

What do you see?

A London merchant and the poet William Blake watched the sun rise up out of the sea. The bright, yellow disk revealed itself, gilding the water, and painting the sky with a thousand colors.

“What do you see?” the poet asked the merchant.

“Ah, I see gold,” the merchant replied. “The sun looks like a great gold piece. What do you see?”

“I see the glory of God,” Blake answered. “And I hear a multitude of the heavenly host crying, ‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty. The whole earth is full of his glory.'”/1

The universe is not only an argument for the existence of God, but calls us to worship the Almighty who created it and to ask the great question of why we are here.

The universe itself cannot answer that question. A revelation is required.

So Psalm 19 reflects the two books of God, as some have called them, the book of creation, and the book of Scripture.

The former should lead us to the latter.

Or it might well be that, in a world where creation (men call it Nature or Gaia) is idolized, deified, personified, and idealized, we need the book of Scripture to help us see the greatness of God in the heavens and the earth.

The Bible is always a great place to begin. Actually, the only place to begin.

For it, like creation, shows all the signs of a creative and engaged God. The Bible demonstrates a Presence above and beyond the powers of men. Its beauty, power, unity, and message can convert the skeptic and convince the atheist.

The Bible informs the seeker with the expansive will of God and answers our most important questions about who he is, who we are, how we got here, and where we need to go.

He who seeks God will find him in the Book. For here does God come to meet with man, here is revealed the mind of God, here the Pathway opens up to the glories of heaven.

The Bible appeals to heart, mind, will, and deepest emotion. The Bible fills the emptiness of soul. The Bible reduces man’s pride to ashes and resurrects his dashed hopes.

Man will see in creation what he wishes to see. A greedy merchant saw nothing more than a huge coin. Blake was informed by Scripture and, upon seeing the glory of the sunrise over the sea, turned to Scripture, specifically, Isaiah 6:3, to express the meaning of what he saw.

The Bible is the great lens through which we come to understand our world, our need, and our God.

Read, study, ponder, and apply the Scriptures. In them, find God.

1/ Illustration told by A.W. Tozer, taken from Tozer on the Almighty God, Ron Eggert, comp. (Camp Hill, PA: Christian Publications, 2004), entry for Mar. 10.

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J. Randal Matheny

Servant of the Lord at GoSpeak
Randal and his wife have lived and worked in Brazil since 1984. They have three children, two daughters-in-law, and four grandchildren. Randal's a lefty, a chocolate lover, an author and a poet.

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