Psalm 8:1 – Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
5 You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth! (NIV)
Some three thousand years ago the psalmist looked at the night sky and thought to himself, “Wow, the God who made all of that is interested in me!” (That’s my modern take on verses 3 & 4). Modern technology tells us that just within our own galaxy there are at least 100 billion stars, and perhaps four times as many! Sophisticated telescopes have detected over 3,000 visible galaxies, each with billions of stars. Astronomers stress that these are the visible galaxies, and that there may be more than 200 billion galaxies in the universe. Mind boggling! Yet, as mind boggling as those numbers are, we are still left with the mind boggling notion that the creator of all those stars knows how many hairs are on our head!
There are some who are challenged by a universe so large. How, they wonder, could any being be in control over everything, and how could a creator of everything be interested in us? The psalmist, like many today, wondered the same thing. The psalmist wrote: “what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” (verse 4)
When I ponder this question, two things come to my mind. First, our God is infinitely great, and far beyond anything we can imagine. Likewise, God’s wisdom is infinitely greater than anything we can imagine – and for that I am thankful! When we consider the size of creation, let it be reassuring for us. Let us not feel that we are insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but that our great God believes us to be extremely significant! Indeed, we are so significant that the Creator came to this little planet in the person of Jesus, lived and died for us, and rose from the dead to purchase us a place with God for all eternity.
The second thing that comes to my mind when I consider the size of the universe and why God is interested in us is this: God wants us to think big thoughts! When I consider your heavens – this is what the psalmist wrote in verse three. Often, we get so caught up in life that we don’t stop to consider the bigger picture. Our God is a big picture God! The troubles and worries we have this day, in the big picture, are not so big. I’m not belittling anything that any of us go through, but God has something greater planned for each of us than any of today’s worries. We were made to fellowship with God in spirit now, and face to face for all eternity after this life! That’s Good Stuff!
Posted by Ramón Torres