When I see your
heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and stars that you set in place--
"What are humans that you are mindful of them,
mere mortals that you care for them?
Just consider our Milky Way. It is an island of c. 200,000,000,000 stars, covering as area of space 120,000 light years in diameter and moving through space at c. 373 miles per second. The center we see now took 28,000 light years to reach us and how it looks now, we do not know because we are looking at the past. Man in comparison to such vastness of power and might appears less than a speck of dust and his life is like a flower which blooms in the morning and dies in the evening. This is indeed a humbling experience which tends to banish from our minds our pride and self-centered worries. Should we not trust God who can do all this and more? Is he not capable of forgiving our sins if we turn to him?
Photo: Courtesy of NASA
you have made them little less than a god,
crowned them with glory and honor." (Ps 8:6)
The psalmist realizes that God cares for us because each one of us is made into his God's image and likeness. He realized that God had given man power over his works, that is the earth's matter, plants and animals but he could never dream that man's intelligent power would extend to outer space as we well know today. Even though the future of mankind dominion was hidden from him, the Psalmist inspired by the Spirit did say: "You have made them little less tan a god."
The psalmist realized that the magnitude of creation says that God is awesome, awe inspiring, full of wonder; that his name is to be revered throughout the earth because He is LORD and we the work of his hands.
LORD, our Lord,
how awesome is your name
through all the earth!"