To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.
These verses would seem to imply that Scripture is not necessary to know God. Additionally, it calls into question the need for church, not to mention the sacraments. In fact, any intermediary could be perceived as an obstacle to seeing God for who He is.
But, what is perceived about God? His Glory, His eternal power, and His divine nature. Can you and I find comfort in these things? We might be awed by this creation, feeling very small and insignificant, but not comforted.
The God perceived in nature never leads us to Jesus. It never leads us to a justifying God. It never leads us to forgiveness. For that matter, it never leads us to seeing our sins for what they are.
Where does one learn of these things? Where does one find salvation from a Glorious, eternally powerful, divine God? Only in the church where Christ is rightly proclaimed, where the law and Gospel are rightly divided, and where the sacraments are given for you. Now, that’s Glorious!