Nature a Preacher
Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork.

Five subjects for thought.

I. THE SUBJECT OF THE DISCOURSE. "The glory of God." Nature proclaims God's existence, government, and attributes.

1. The fact of nature reveals the being of God.

2. The vastness of nature, the immensity of God.

3. The uniformity of nature, the unity of God.

4. The regularity of nature, the unchangeableness of God.

5. The arrangements of nature, the wisdom of God.

6. The happiness of nature, the goodness of God.

7. The purity of nature, the holiness of God.

8. The beauty of nature, the tastefulness of God.

9. The variety of nature, the exhaustlessness of God.

II. THE INCESSANTNESS OF ITS DELIVERY. Nature as a preacher never tires, never pauses. Whilst generations come and go, this great preacher continues his sublime discourse without a break or pause.

III. THE INTELLIGIBLENESS OF ITS LANGUAGE. Its language is that of symbol; the easiest language for man to understand. A language of signs, addressed to eye and heart. So intelligible is the language that there is no excuse for ignorance of God.

IV. THE VASTNESS OF ITS AUDIENCE. Their "line" — that is, their instruction. All men live under those heavens, all of which are vocal with discourse of God.


1. The greatest light dwells in the heart of this preacher.

2. The greatest light circulates through the whole being of this preacher. From the subject learn —

(1) Man's capacity to study and to worship God.

(2) Man's obligation to study and to worship God. Study nature scientifically and religiously.


Parallel Verses
KJV: {To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.} The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

WEB: The heavens declare the glory of God. The expanse shows his handiwork.

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