God’s glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon.
Madame Day holds classes every morning, Professor Night lectures each evening.
Their words aren’t heard, their voices aren’t recorded,
But their silence fills the earth: unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.
These words pour from the first verses of Psalm 19 (The Message) and remind us that God’s handiwork stands up to the strongest scrutiny. All of Psalm 19 is about inspection, beginning first with God’s Creation.
The image is then directed toward the Laws and Principles of God’s Creation –
The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together.
The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road.
The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy.
The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes.
We are in the final stages of inspection on a house we are building for a beloved friend in our community. We have diligently worked to anticipate all that he might find that needs done to pass the test. We know that like God’s inspection there is a reason for it, safety and truth. With a home inspection the inspector’s job is to make sure the person moving in can feel safe and secure that their home was build well and will give them a comfortable place to live for years to come. The inspector sees things the homeowner doesn’t and can verify that the house was built truthfully, according to the codes and guidelines of the community.
With God’s inspection we are instructed about how to live according to the revelations and directions of God which will pull our lives together.
I have to admit that doing home inspections and waiting to see what they say is not one of my favorite things. I also don’t especially like when the Holy Spirit brings an attitude or action to my attention that is out of line or dangerous. My first impression it seems is, why can’t we just call it “good enough” and move on. (Right now you should be glad I got out of the construction business when I was 20 years old!)
Good enough should not cut it with the buildings or the lives we build because we are not the only ones impacted. We might build a house but we will not be the only ones who will walk under that roof and God says that our lives are not our own, they have substantial impact on the lives of others. If our house is not in order people may be damaged by our carelessness.
The Psalm points out three “inspections” that are important to the people around us as they consider God – creation, the law and Christians. All three directly reflect on the builder.
A summary of the Psalmist’s words might say:
Inspect Creation and tell me that God does not have His act together!
Inspect the Laws of the Universe, they are perfect enough to protect us and let us live.
Inspect me, let me grow to be a testimony to God’s greatness just like the Creation and the Law.
No one I know enjoys an inspection, even when you think things are right there is a question as to what the inspector might see different. It is good to know that God sees us differently and cares much more than I do about how things are built. If you don’t know what I mean by that, come some Sunday and we can talk about it…