On Psalm 89:5-8

Psalm 89:5-8 (ESV) – 5 Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
    your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
    Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord,
a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
    and awesome above all who are around him?
Lord God of hosts,
    who is mighty as you are, O Lord,
    with your faithfulness all around you?

I have always loved space travel. As a child of the 80s and 90s, I was captivated by shuttle missions, space stations, and the prospect that we are but a tiny blue marble in the vast array of the universe. Like many people my age, I dreamed of being an astronaut in my childhood, and I actually had the privilege of living on the Space Coast of Florida from 1986-1990 and watching shuttles launch and be brought in piggy-back style on customized 747s.

One of the things that I always wondered when I was a kid, and I have heard wondered by others – why is there such an expansive amount space with swirling planets, giant gaseous stars, and objects that baffle even the greatest of scientists, and yet we are the only observable living creatures around? Taken from a theistic viewpoint… why did God create so much in space and yet only give life to the inhabitants of this relatively small, seemingly insignificant planet to enjoy it?

I’m not apt to get into a debate about other-worldly life forms and their existence or non-existence… only to say, we haven’t seen any yet, and we have been looking. As far as we can tell right now, we are it… Why?

I think it has to do with the sentiment in this passage from Psalm 89. Look outside… If you can, I suggest you actually do it… Go ahead… I’ll wait…

What do you see? A hugeness filled with crazy things happening. Galactic fire-balls trillions of miles away. Pockets of density so great that they actually swallow up chucks of the universe. Planets that are totally unreachable in our lifetimes. Entire worlds filled with gas and reflecting the light of stars orders of magnitude larger than our own sun. Sure, you may not be able to actually see those things happening with the naked eye… but they are in your field of view.

But all of it is but a speck to the Creator.

I think the more we learn about the universe the greater my appreciation is for the majesty of God. He is far wider, stronger and mightier than all that we see in the night sky, and truly the very stars and planets point to his glory. Yet, what this Psalm also tells us is that even in God’s splendor, he is still faithful to his people. He is not the divine watchmaker of deistic thinking, but he is actively involved in the salvation and holiness of those who he has called his own. He cares about the hairs on our heads. He cares about the lilies in the field. He cares about our problems. He is not too big to see, sympathize, and get involved.

That’s why certain Christian leaders like, Louie Giglio, have devoted so much time talking about the wonders of space, because it was all created with the divine purpose of simultaneously demonstrating to us both the strange and frightening enormity of our God and the profoundly intimate and personal nature of his love.

Take some time tonight, tomorrow morning, tomorrow night, and throughout this week to go outside and consider that the same God who called each and every star, planet, galaxy, black hole, and asteroid into being, also called you by name.

Reflections of Lent-16

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