When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,Psalm 8:3(ESV)
Whether you stand gazing at the deep midnight-blue sky where a multitude of shimmering diamond-studded stars are twinkling overhead or whether you pick up an authoritative journal that outlines the staggering dimensions and design of the Milky Way, the innumerable numbers of other gigantic galaxies or countless number of stars that are visible to the human eye, you can do little more than wonder about our astonishing Creator, Who at a moment in time and a place in space began to speak the world into being.
When you contemplate the intricacies of nature, the complexities of design and the unique position that humanity has been granted in the entire universe, not to mention the great salvation that is ours through trusting Jesus Christ as Saviour, it surely must come to mind – what is man that God is mindful of him and the son of man that the Creator of the universe cares for him.
The innumerable stars in a boundless space, which extends far beyond the reaches of mortal eye and contains immeasurably more that man’s limited imagination, each have their appointed place; each have been awarded their specific purpose, and each are called by name.
How insignificant man seems by comparison to this vast universe and how unimportant man appears in contrast with the creative glories that are displayed in God’s universe – and yet weak, fragile, pitiful, sinful man is the vehicle through Whom the plans and purposes of God, were conceived in the eternal council chambers of heaven.
Man was the one creature that was made in the image and likeness of his Creator to rule and reign as regent under God’s supreme authority. No wonder the psalmist in his song of praise to his creator begins and ends this crescendo of adoration with the words, O LORD, our Lord. How majestic is Your name in all the earth!
Loving Father, I stand amazed when I consider the insignificance of man in the context of the splendours of the extended universe, and yet You love me so much that You gave Your only begotten Son to pay the price for my sins, for which I give You eternal praise and glory, in His name I pray, AMEN