While blogging might be a way to spread the word about God, I see in Psalm 19 another way of doing that, albeit without the use of words! This goes to show that communication is not always based on language, and that there are more languages to the universe than the language that comes out of our mouth. Nonverbal language can be just as articulate as verbal language.
Great examples of silent but powerful witnesses are the skies. The craftsmanship of the skies as seen with the naked eye or by telescope is a huge billboard advertising God’s glory. Looking into space, the first thing that comes to mind is “limitless”. We know that phrase: “The sky’s the limit”, which means that there is practically no limit. Neither does God’s power know any boundaries or limitations.
More silent witnesses are majestic mountain ranges. They are solid as rocks can be, yet God formed them, and if He wanted to, He could move them because nothing is impossible to Him.
The vegetation on this planet is yet another silent witness advocating God’s glory. Whispering trees, home for countless birds, and fragrance emitting flowers and herbs – they all wordlessly praise its Creator.
A not so silent witness is the animal world. Elephants trumpet, birds twitter, wolves howl – they all spread the word without using words.
God’s thumbprints are all over creation, and creation proclaims that God is great day and night, night and day. God’s praise literally never shuts up; actually, it gains momentum with each person realizing what is going on. Human beings can be a bit slow sometimes. When it comes to recognizing God I actually think that the rest of creation is ahead of us. Nevertheless, all of God’s creatures have a place in the choir – and believe it or not: you too belong!
“All of God’s creatures got a place in the choir Some sing low and some sing higher Some sing out loud on the telephone wire Some just clap their hands or paws or anything they got” (Bill Staines)
How does it feel when you are talking to someone, and you might as well talk to a wall, that’s how well your words are received? Isn’t it the toughest thing to feel isolated like that? We are born to communicate, and communication consists of sending off a signal to someone and someone picking up on it.
Welcome to God’s world! He’s been sending signals our way ever since He made human beings. Only trouble is, not everybody picks up on it. And the reason has nothing to do with our IQ. Understanding what God has to say is not a battle of the brains. It’s perhaps a battle with our pride or life’s circumstances, but it’s certainly not a lack of intelligence. In the book of Psalms it says so appropriately (Psalm 119:130):
“The teaching of your word gives light, so even the simple can understand.”
God communicates with every living thing, and not just with the human race. His ways to communicate are manifold, but the message filtering through is the same. His interactions with His creation show how God cares. Following are a few examples:
He charges His angels (Psalm 91: 11-12): “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
He gives assignments to the animals (Jonah 1:17): “Then God assigned a huge fish to swallow Jonah. Jonah was in the fish’s belly three days and nights.”
He dresses the flowers (Matthew 6:28-30): “[Jesus said in His sermon on the Mount] ‘And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?’”
He commands the rocks (Numbers 20:8): “[The Lord spoke to Moses] ‘Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.’”
He commands the winds (Exodus 10:19): “And the Lord changed the wind to a very strong west wind, which caught up the locusts and carried them into the Red Sea. Not a locust was left anywhere in Egypt.”
And the list goes on and on. Suffice to say, the Lord can speak to anybody and anything at any time He pleases, and His words don’t go unheard in the universe.
If we don’t hear from God, we can always ask Him to speak to us; we can ask Him anything! And since He speaks the languages of birds and angels, of wales and rocks – don’t you think He can also speak the language of your heart?
“Love in any language straight from the heart pulls us all together never apart.” (by John Mohr and John Mays)