Psalm 8:3-5 – When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. (KJV)
Psalm 147:4-5 – He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. (NKJV)
When I worked on the Special Education school bus, I had to be at school at 5:30 AM. One morning, as I waited in the parking lot, I noticed the Big Dipper. I enjoy seeing the Dipper, and I have often imagined it filled to the brim with water, but this time the huge dipper was upside down, empty.
I began praising the Lord, because the empty dipper reminded me of the wonderful love that had been poured out upon this sinful world when Jesus Christ paid for our sins on the cross. How much the Lord must love us to have willingly sacrificed His own life. He did this so that all who believe and trust in Him might have the gift of salvation and eternal life. What a costly gift, and what a glorious picture I saw that morning in the overturned dipper. Just as God's word says, "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows his handiwork." (Psalm 19:1)
God's stars have preached to people throughout history. Next time you are outside on a clear night, stop and listen to God's "preachers". Look especially for the Big Dipper and see what position it is in, right side up, full of God's grace, or upside down, pouring out His love.
Prayer: Lord as we go about out usual daily tasks; let us look for You everywhere. Then help us begin to praise You for what we see. Let our hearts rejoice and let Your strength begin filling our being. Amen.