“The heavens declare the glory of God”
Tonight we are going to have a spectacular view of our nearest astronomical neighbour, the moon. It will come to the closest point to earth in its orbit around our planet. It will be about 14% larger and 30% brighter than when it is farthest away from earth.
Hopefully we will have a clear night tonight as I wish to go out about 11:30pm for the very best view of this very influential object. As we know the moon keeps the tilt of earth’s axis stable and several other things that help maintain life on earth. We would not be here if it were not for this beautiful neighbour.
When David penned this Psalm he did not have the knowledge that we have acquired over the past 100 years concerning just how very important the moon is to us. Likely he had in mind the artistic value of the heavens and how we can see beauty in the sky at night or during sunrise and sunset.
Only in the last 75 or so years have we discovered that there are countless numbers of galaxies in space. This fact gives us a much expanded idea of how vast creation really is. Our place in the cosmos seems very insignificant when we see that our planet is so small and no where near the centre of the universe or even near the centre of our own galaxy.
So we are humbled by the majesty and glory of the vast universe around us. Then, when we consider that the Creator must be greater than His creation, we are given an even more profound idea of how great God really is.
All the creative genius of humanity and all the accomplishments of science through the years is nothing compared to the amazing complexity and beauty of the world around us. Whether we look through a telescope or a microscope, we are in awe of how it is all put together. Nothing seems random or without purpose.
It is the same with our lives here on earth. We may not make sense of the things that are happening around us now but we often look back with hind sight and realize that the issues that upset us earlier on have proven to be blessings as time passes.
When you are in despair over some difficulty in your life, look up at the heavens, look at the beautiful stars, see planets like Jupiter or Venus and gaze at the moon. As you consider that those things out there in space work together to support and maintain life here on earth, have faith that the Creator can work even the difficult situations in your life for your eternal good.
God’s creative signature is seen in the world we inhabit. He has given us information on His wisdom and power by what we see all around us through microscopes and telescopes or the with the naked eye. He deserves our trust because His world is supremely wise and organized. He calls out to us to come to Him and find rest and help for our times of need. Come to Him and confess Him as Lord and Saviour. He deserves our trust because of how all we see declares His glory.