“There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” (Psalm 19:3-4)

One of my favorite buttons on the remote control is MUTE. You’re watching something intense; the emotion is running high; then they cut to a commercial and instantly double the volume. Ack! Hit the MUTE; shut that guy up.

glory_350Our brains come with MUTE buttons, too. Psychologists call it “selective hearing.” We’re able to tune out things we don’t want to hear, noises that distract from what we’re interested in – static on a radio station, other people’s conversations in a crowded Starbucks, even the voice of someone talking directly to us when we’re not ready to listen (e.g., your mom calling you to dinner when you were little or a friend who never quite stops talking).

Way too many of us learn to MUTE the voice described in these verses. It isn’t God’s voice. It’s the voice of “the heavens” (sky, stars, moon, and especially sun). It’s the voice that announces to the earth day and night, “Look at us, and think about God’s power and wisdom! He made all of this! Pay attention! Make the connection between our beauty and his glory! Don’t miss this!”

Don’t MUTE the heavens.

Think: Have you learned how to MUTE God’s creation? What can you do to start listening again?

Pray: Ask God to help you learn to block out worthless noise and to UNMUTE the important voices.

Do: Grab a blanket (and maybe a friend) and find a spot outside to lay down and listen to the heavens for a while.