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Listen while you read: "Crown Him With Many Crowns"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 19:1 – The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. (HCSB)
Psalm 147:7-8a – Sing to Yahweh with thanksgiving. Sing praises on the harp to our God, who covers the sky with clouds. (WEB)
One week prior to my high school graduation, the Pennsylvania State University awarded me entrance into the College of Art as an applied art major. As an upstart, studying the masters of art, from the classics to the contemporary, was indeed stimulating. One semester introduced me to the techniques of post-impressionism and modern art, which was truly an eye-opening experience.
On a particular assignment, I recall an accomplished artist and professor instructing the class to be blindfolded and actually feel a tree for seven minutes. Taking off my blindfold and using the simple media of charcoal and a 9-inch by 12-inch sketch pad, I then began to draw the image of that tree. The rationale was a sensory one: If we embraced and understood the texture of something, then its illustration would provide a more accurate rendering of its interpretation. This, I thought, was a rather unusual way to contemplate the subject matter.
When I consider the clouds, I cannot help but be amazed how their shapes, formations, and colours are unceasingly changing. Not only do clouds defy imaginative reasoning, they are beyond anyone's comprehension. With all the study, preparation, time, and drawing, there is no human match to the creative artistry of clouds. What a talented individual can draw is but a poor imitation, to say the least.
My conclusion is simple. Clouds are art. God has revealed His artistic majesty through clouds. The heavens are like God's museum of art in motion. No matter how many times I look at the sky, the skyscape is intrinsically different. His canvas demands that we recognize Him as the supreme Designer. It is to this end that He is glorified.
Romans 1:20 – Since earliest times men have seen the earth and sky and all God made, and have known of his existence and great eternal power. So they will have no excuse when they stand before God at Judgment Day. (TLB)
Prayer: Heavenly Father, in awesome wonder, we offer You praise as You exhibit Your glory through clouds. May we ever be mindful of Your precious gift to us — Jesus Christ, Your Son — in Whose name we pray. Amen.