The Heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. – Psalm 19:1-4
It’s easy to take something like the simple singing of birds for granted. I recently watched a nature film in which a group of ornithologists took those songs very seriously. Their conclusions both delighted and disappointed me. These were scientists who both studied creation and denied their Creator. Their love for our wonderful world was so commendable, and their neglect, if not rejection, of our wonderful Lord was so disappointing.
My mind was ignited by one observation they made, which fired with an idea no one could deny as a possibility—not even my bird-watching friends. My idea was generated by one conclusion their study had drawn. Showing by scientific means that each type of bird renders a distinct call identifying its kind, the researcher noted, “Here, the bird is saying, ‘I’m a red-winged blackbird. I’m a red-winged blackbird.’”
Of added and striking interest was the fact each bird has a kind of unique “signature” to the call which identifies its breed, an ending which, in a way, says: “I am this PARTICULAR red-winged blackbird.”
I turned to Anna and said, “I’m going to challenge the conclusion made by that scientist. His observations are verifiable and enlightening, but he has concluded that the bird is saying only, ‘I’m a red-winged blackbird.’ The fact is, he doesn’t know anything more than the specific call is the identifying song of that species. My proposition—no less provable than his—was that the birdsong is, ‘Praise You, Father, that You created me a red-winged black-bird!’”
I hold that the evidence of Scripture shows most of creation still in tune with its Creator.
This was verified by one of my first truly exciting discoveries in the Greek New Testament years ago. I was studying the Gospel of John, chapter 1, and in verse 11 I discovered a difference in the gender of the term “His own.” The verse reads, “He came unto his own, and his own received him not” (KJV). But the first “His own” has a neuter ending, while the second has a masculine ending. Most literally translated, it would read: “He came unto His own things (the whole creation which verse 3 and 10 declare Him responsible for making), and His own mankind did not receive Him.”
In one sentence the stark fact stands out: Humans are the only beings in the physical realm of this planet who are out of touch with their Creator.
Romans 1:20 tells us that, “Since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead….” The ensuing verses of the chapter outline the decadence of man and civilization when thanksgiving and honor toward the Almighty are abandoned.
I’m glad I know Him!
I’m glad He made me, me.
I’m thankful through Christ Jesus, the One who made all things, I am being recovered from the debris of confusion in a world where most of humankind have lost their identity and their destined individuality.
It’s enough to wake you up in the morning with a song.