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A reflection by David Atkinson on creation and covenant: a biblical kaleidoscope.
The heavens are telling the glory of God. So says the author of Psalm 19. But it is not obvious that they do. The heavens declare their own glory – we can all agree on that. But ‘the glory of God’? That comes from a perspective of faith in God which then surveys the firmament and recognises that it proclaims his handiwork. It is from within the covenant that God is recognised as ‘creator’ and then nature affirmed. It is within the covenant relationship with God that we can discern that the glory of the heavens tells of God’s glory. It is when the covenant community is coming to terms with the uncertainties of exile, that they provide us with the richest record of the revelation of God as Creator.