Easter 2019

40 Days of Hope


March 7

Thursday, March 7

The Heavens are Telling
Psalm 19


Franz Josef Haydn (1732-1809) was an Austrian composer whose influence in classical music can hardly be over-stated. He was a mentor to Mozart and a tutor to Beethoven. His musical compositions were performed across Europe during his lifetime, making him a true celebrity in every respect.


At the height of his fame, he was traveling in London and attended performances of Handel’s Messiah and Israel in Egypt.He was deeply moved by the Biblical message portrayed so beautifully through music. He returned to Vienna committed to composing a piece that would compare to Handel’s masterpiece.


Inspired by the profound Biblical story of creation, Haydn joined forces with a fellow musician and went to work. The result? His greatest oratorio – Creation. His inspiration for this magnificent work was the story of creation in Genesis and various selections from the Psalms. Psalm 19:1-3 inspired the movement entitled The Heavens Are Telling.


The heavens are telling the glory of God;

The wonder of His work, The wonder of His work displays the firmament.

The day that is coming speaks it the day,

The night that is gone to following night.

The heavens are telling the glory of God;

The wonder of His work, The wonder of His work displays the firmament.

In all the lands resounds the word,

Never unperceived, Ever understood.

The heavens are telling the glory of God;

The wonder of His work, The wonder of His work displays the firmament.


Psalm 19 continues to inspire us! This psalm declares the glory and wonder of God revealed through creation and through the Self-Revelation of God through His Word. Our hope is rooted in the very character of our God. He has proven Himself worthy of our love and devotion. Look at His creation! Consider His Word! He is worthy!


Take time to consider how God has revealed Himself to us. You may compose your own hymn of praise as you offer Him your thanks today.

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