Ancient Hebrew people didn’t distinguish between the natural skies and heaven. They used the same word for both. The sky, the space beyond, and heaven were all vast, unreachable places to them. They didn’t have skyscrapers touching the clouds, planes flying above them, or space shuttles reaching the moon. When they gazed upward, they thought God could be anywhere up there. Thirty-thousand feet may as well be heaven. Everything above belonged to God because humanity couldn’t reach any of it.
We’ve lost the Hebrews’ sense of awe and wonder. Do we even notice the sky and stars anymore? I wish we would because God is speaking to us through them. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork (Ps 19:1). No, there is no speech, nor are there words (Ps 19:3). God’s audible voice is not heard, yet his magnificent creation pours out speech and reveals knowledge day after day and night after night (Ps 19:2).
What can be known about God is plain to us because God has shown it to us (Ro 1:19). 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 (Ro 1:20). If we refuse to see and hear, we are without excuse.