Psalm 19 (Psalms on the Trail)

"The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims its maker's handiwork." Psalm 19:1

“The heavens declare the glory of God,

and the sky proclaims its maker‘s handiwork.”  Psalm 19:1

For those of you who know and love the Virginia Blue Ridge, this photo looks north toward the Peaks of Otter from one of the places where the AT crosses the Parkway.   I am just out of reach of a thunderstorm a half mile to the right over the eastern valley.  (That photo will come another day.)  There is much noise and flashing and the smell of blessed rain.  My heart is still pounding from being chased off the ridge to the left by an explosion of unexpected lightening and thunder escaping beyond the edge of the storm.  The heavens loudly declare and proclaim on this afternoon.  But in the midst of the light and thunder show, it is the blessed rain that is truly the glory of God’s grace.  After  weeks of walking through an increasing drought, unusual for May, where springs and streams the hikers depend on have slowed to a trickle, the rain is falling.  Thanks be to God!  And I will join in the declaration of the glory of God for anyone who will listen…and drink down another bottle of water.


1. Take this verse with you and ponder its meaning for you throughout the day.  What do you notice?  What do you wonder? (Clicking on photo enlarges it.)  Can you think of a time where the heavens declared the glory of God for you?  (And, yes, the heavens, created by the same God whom we praise for this thunderstorm, can carry destructive power too.  It is a wild and untamed planet we live on!)

2. Or read all of Psalm 19 to discover how this verse fits into the psalm.

3. Or comment with a photo of your own that illustrates this verse’s meaning for you.

Tomorrow’s verse:  Psalm 20:2

Starting January 1, 2016, for 150 days I am posting a daily psalm verse with a photo that is a visual meditation on the text for me.  Each day a verse from the next psalm is chosen until all 150 psalms have been featured.   To participate you may subscribe to my blog at or “friend” me on Facebook and watch for the daily links to blog posts.  Disclaimer:  I am not a photographer and most of the photos are from a cell phone or small camera while hiking the Appalachian Trail or the C&O Canal/Great Allegheny Passage Trail.