The stars are talking to you. Did you know that? Radio astronomers knew this, and have been recording and analyzing the speech of the stars since they raised their telescopes to listen. Since sound doesn’t travel through space, they listen to the radio signals, the radiation traces, and so on. Stars have distinctive sounds, and stars can be identified apart from other stars, at least in a general sense. Pulsars and quasars sound different than normal, ordinary stars. But in line with what David is writing here, what exactly are they telling us?
Well David actually answers that question in the next two verses:
There is no actual speech or word, nor is its voice literally heard. Yet its voice echoes throughout the earth; its words carry to the distant horizon. In the sky he has pitched a tent for the sun.
Ok, so no actual words (think revelation here) is actually spoken. You can’t listen to the stars and get intelligible speech. You can’t get answers from the stars for life’s problems (unlike the claims of astrology). In fact David goes on in this Psalm to declare that the Law of the Lord, His written word, has the ability to perfect and preserve a man’s life. In one sense, without saying it, David is contrasting the fruitless search for wisdom in the stars with the bounteous harvest from the Scriptures. But isn’t he also saying something about what the stars do tell us?
I believe he is. And the key is in the first verse. What is the message of the stars? They are declaring the glory of God. They declare by their existence that God’s wisdom and glory far exceeds our ability to understand it. Every time I look up into the night sky and consider for a moment my place in the universe, my place on this planet, orbiting a small star, orbiting in a larger galaxy, in concert with other galaxies moving through the universe, sometimes I can barely stand. It is that sense of awe that comes over me that is hearing the message the heavens declare. This is God’s pet project. This is a doodle on God’s Post-it note. He can do even greater works than these. This is the glory of God.
Heavenly Father, You have revealed in my inmost being just how AWESOME You are. Thank You. Don’t let me forget it when the Sun comes up in the morning. I love You. In Your Son’s Name, Amen.