"The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory."
I am blessed to have lived and worked a large portion of my life under the heavens that proclaim his righteousness instead of a man-made roof. I have been fortunate to see many sunrises and sunsets well outside any city limit sign. I have often had the privilege to watch the Master paint His multicolored sky on both the eastern and western horizon. I have watched storm clouds build as high as the heavens, as the wind buffets ahead of an oncoming storm. But I am more blessed in the realization that it is all just a display of His glory.
The LORD's glory as revealed in creation makes this verse an excellent introduction to Isaiah 40. This chapter of Isaiah announces the need to prepare the highway for the coming of our God when the glory of the LORD is revealed to all mankind in a much more profound manner. We know from John 1:1-23 this is a prophecy of the coming Messiah. John the Baptist describes himself as the one sent to make this proclamation.
This announcement in Isaiah begins by proclaiming man to be a part of the creation just like grass and flowers in all their splendor, but they, too, ultimately wither and fade away. However, the Word of our God will stand forever. John 1:1 describes the Messiah as the Word who is God. Isaiah 49:9 concludes with "Behold your God!"
In verses 10-18 an attempt is made to describe Him, with the author ultimately asking who is comparable to Him? An idol? Isaiah shows the foolishness of comparing a piece of metal or wood to the One who sits above the earth and stretches out the heavens like a curtain or a tent in which to live.
Isaiah 40:26 describes the nighttime heavens as they declare the glory of the LORD. "Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power not one is missing."
Thank You, LORD. You display Your glory in so many ways all the time. Thank you for revealing Yourself perfectly in Jesus, the Messiah, the Living Word. We rejoice to see Your splendor, majesty, and glory in all You have created. Jesus, we look expectantly to see You in all Your glory when You return.
I want to share a video which makes Isaiah 40:26 one of the most memorable verses in Isaiah to me. If you have never seen or heard Louie Giglio, you are in for a soul-reviving treat. If you know Louie and have seen his "Indescribable" video, I don't have to encourage you to watch it again. It lasts about 45 minutes but is worth every minute. The video will change your view of the glory of our LORD's heaven at night.