Stunning, right? Now, on Sunday, I used the clarity of the night sky when you remove light pollution as an example of Peter finally understanding the new phase in God's redemptive plan. ("I now realize…" from Acts 10:34) But seeing the night sky always does something else for me. Whether it's pictures, or video, or just my naked eye, witnessing the heavens like this reminds me of how incredibly powerful God is. I'm often reminded of Psalm 8, which refers to the heavens as the work of God's fingers (verse 3). His fingers! How great is it that David used that word?? He could have ascribed the vastness of the heavens to the work of God's arms...or, at least his hands. But as David looks into the beauty and immensity of space, (with little to no light pollution, no less!), he ascribes the countless stars and planets and galaxies to something for which God only needed His fingers! I like to imagine the picture of a child absent-mindedly using their fingers to flick around some marbles or something. God is so powerful that to Him these massive astronomical objects are like a child's toys. Just think about how staggering that is. I have a difficult time wrapping my head around the mass and energy that are involved in a single star! Now multiply that times...well...a really REALLY huge number! All of which is to say that God's creative work is a spectacular testimony of His incredible power.
Which is what makes the following verse of Psalm 8 even more mind-blowing. Because David's intent isn't only to express awe at God's creative power. Within the context of the heavens' amazing display, David then penned verse 4: "what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?" David was surely impressed by what he saw in the night sky. Yet, what he expresses in Psalm 8 is that the fact in which he really found awe was that the same God who only needed his fingers to set the moon and the stars into place was mindful of him; that He cared for him. And He's mindful of you too; He cares for you. Take a few minutes and simply meditate on Who it is that cares for you. If that doesn't elicit some awe on your part, I'm not sure what will.
- Pastor Paul