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Listen while you read: "Lead On O King Eternal"1 (Lyrics)
Psalm 36:5 – Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. (NIV)
Late one night recently as I was taking the weekly garbage out, I looked up at the night sky. It was full of bright stars. I love this time of year because the skies at night are generally cloudless, so there is a vast array of planets, constellations, and even galaxies that can be seen with the naked eye.
I always get thrilled when I see them so clearly. In response, I usually thank God for such a glorious sight, and then, I wish that I could actually travel through space to see the wonders of creation in close proximity. I find myself closer to God through looking at His amazing handiwork. I feel His presence in a deep, absorbing way that I never experience elsewhere. I guess that it's because I feel so tiny compared to the gigantic, astral globes that beautifully sparkle across the heavens. I think to myself that if God could create all the vastness of the universe, then how almighty and powerful He truly must be!
But lest I begin to feel insignificant, I also recall these wonderful words of Scripture:
Psalm 8:3-4 – When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? (NIV)
Perhaps you are feeling downhearted or vulnerable today. Maybe you think that you're not important or significant. Perhaps you're depressed about your life or feel forgotten by everyone around you. Please know this: the One Who created the stars and calls them by name fully knows and loves you. You are not forsaken or abandoned; you are not unimportant or insignificant to Him. You are a child of His grace, made of the same stuff as the glorious stars, and given an everlasting soul that will always be loved, embraced, and known to God through Jesus Christ.
Questions for reflection:
When was the last time that I looked at the stars? What does their existence tell me about God?
Prayer: Lord God, You are the Creator of all things and the Lover of all living beings. Your power is majestically displayed across the heavens and also intimately felt within our souls. Thank You for allowing us life and letting us enjoy the wonders of Your making. In Jesus' name, we thankfully pray. Amen.