Stephen Cox is a graphic designer for Life.Church, where he’s been creating artwork (like what you’re looking at from Psalm 19:4) for 11 years. Yup, the younguns call him Grandpa Graphics. He’s cool with that because he could probably outrun all of them by miles, not just minutes. Stephen and his wife, Melissa, have probably the cutest 4-year-old daughter ever, Claire. When he’s not outrunning toddlers and millennials, Stephen loves a good movie and probably knows more about music than Alexa. Today, we’re talking with Stephen about Psalm 19:3-5, especially Psalm 19:4.
Their words aren’t heard, their voices aren’t recorded, But their silence fills the earth: unspoken truth is spoken everywhere. God makes a huge dome for the sun—a superdome! The morning sun’s a new husband leaping from his honeymoon bed, The daybreaking sun an athlete racing to the tape. Psalm 19:3-5 MSG
Q: How do you relate with Jesus?
A: For me, art is a big way Jesus can speak boldly. Visual art has this ability to tell a story, something Jesus used a lot to connect with us in the Bible. Honestly, just the struggle of getting a piece right is so much like life. In a single piece, I can experience the beauty and majesty of Christ—and the struggle and pain that life sometimes brings.
Q: What inspired you specifically in Psalm 19:4?
A: “Unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.” The way The Message translates this passage is pretty stunning. The verse describes creation and its Creator in such a simple and powerful way. To me, this passage describes the beauty of creation as proof of the Creator. If you look closely, creation is mouthing, “God is real and wonderful.”
Q: What do you want people to experience when they look at this Psalm 19:4 piece?
A: I want people to experience the vastness of creation, to imagine the greatness of its Creator, and at the same time realize that we are His creation, safe in His hands.
Q: Where’s your favorite place to experience God?
A: I love traveling and experiencing different places. Mountains are definitely a favorite, but the coast is probably where I feel the most relaxed and at ease. To me, the sheer size of the ocean, the sound of its waves on the beach, and a peaceful breeze have that Psalm 19:4 truth to them.
Q: Anything else, Stephen?
A: I just really hope people will carry around this idea that “unspoken truth is spoken everywhere.” When I first read that, it was so simple that it stuck with me. Sometimes culture can tell us God either doesn’t exist, doesn’t care about us, or He’s some kind of personal genie. But, if you look around you with this Psalm 19:4 thinking, you might realize He’s saying, “I created this. Look at the care I took to craft it. How much more care do I have for you?”