CONSIDER THE HEAVENS
For those of us who have been privileged to live in Africa and had the joy of living in the pristine wild bush; there is one thing we all agree on; the African night sky away from all the trappings of civilization is glorious beyond words. On a clear night the stars fill the heavens like millions of lightening bugs on a midsummer night’s dance. The Milky Way meanders across the expanse of space, lighting the way to galaxies beyond. Sitting in the darkness, listening to the night sounds of the bush while gazing up in wonder at the splendor of God’s celestial signature is an experience never to be forgotten!
From a child I not only had a love for the wild animals we lived among but also for God’s inimitable creation. His divine fingerprints can be seen where-ever one looks!
I think David must have been reflecting on God’s creation when he wrote the words to this “song” where he exclaimed:
Psalm 8:3-5 (NKJV) “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.”
David must have been gazing at the starry night sky when he penned those words but even more noteworthy is he was admiring the same beauty that we enjoy now……. centuries later.
David was so moved by the enormity of creation that he put pen to parchment to record his praise to his Divine Creator.
Even more amazing is that David had no idea just how vast the heavens really are!
He had no knowledge of galaxies beyond his own.
He knew nothing of black holes or light-years or supernovas. But what David saw was enough to convince him that God is truly amazing!
Reflecting on God’s greatness made David keenly aware of his own weakness. Looking at the stars in the sky helped put David and his importance into perspective! It astounded him, as it should astound us that a being as powerful as God is would bother with mere creatures like David and all of mankind.
Even more incredible is that God would choose to “crown us with glory and honor!”
Even though modern day Astronomy still has much to learn, it certainly knows a lot more about the cosmos than David did. This means we have a greater reason to be enthralled at the unfathomable greatness of God!
We also have even more reason to ask God the same humble question that David asked: “What is man that you are mindful of him?”
Take a walk this evening and study the night sky. Remember, the same God who put every star in its place wants to have a close, loving relationship with you.
It’s mind-boggling, isn’t it?