You Are Magnificent - Reflections on Psalm 8

Friday, May 30, 2014

Voyager 1
Thirty-five years ago the Voyager 1 space probe was launched into space. Traveling 35,000 miles per hour, it is now at the farthest edge of our solar system, 11 billion miles from the sun. It has sent back mind-blowing images of galaxies billions of light years beyond the Milky Way that man never knew existed. It is becoming evident that the universe is far bigger than we could have ever imagined. The distance from our Sun to the edge of the solar system, 11 billion miles, is like a day trip compared to the distance to the farthest reaches of the known universe. And we haven't even scratched the surface yet. The pictures taken from Voyager 1 and the Hubble Space Telescope are breathtaking, to say the least. No artist could ever match the sheer beauty and wonder of the artwork of God painted on the canvas of space. How anyone could see those images and doubt there is a God is beyond my comprehension.

When David wrote Psalm 8 he felt this way. As he looked into the heavens and saw the stars and the moon, he was in awe that the One who crafted those magnificent lights would take an interest in man. Think about it for a moment. As spectacular and beautiful as the universe is, God sees man as even more spectacular and beautiful. What takes his breath away and captures his attention is not the amazing artistry of the universe, but you and I. Compared to to the sun and moon and stars we are tiny, weak, and frail. We are not much to look at. How can we compare? Yet God chose the smallest and weakest element of the universe to crown with glory and honor. He gave man the place of honor above all other created things. In God's eyes, the universe can't even compare to you!
If you are having trouble finding things to be thankful for, if you are feeling that maybe you don't matter or maybe wonder if God even notices you, go outside tonight and look up, and as you see the countless stars and the magnificent moon above you, let it remind you that God put those there to tell you that he thinks you are the center of his universe.
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