“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor” (Psalm 8: 3-5 NRSV).
How wonderful and liberating it is to gaze into the stars on a clear night. In New Mexico, the view is exceptionally breath taking. There is a wonder to the incredible sunsets and evening skies that are often difficult to describe. My family and I have taken many photos of the views that surround us, but the pictures can never capture the true essence of how incredible the area is in which we live.
The writer of Psalm 8 shares the same vantage point. He is staring into the vastness of the sky and marvels over the works of God in creation. It appears as if the author shares in a love of nature that surrounds him. As he stands in amazement, there are several questions that spring up from such wonder. How can a God who creates such splendor be remotely concerned with humanity? Better yet, how could God care about a little speck on this planet known as me?
The answer to the question above is what brings me to a humble recognition that the God who designed the world cared for me enough to send His Son to be the atonement for my sins. I, who can claim the seat for which I was created, can celebrate this wonder with the power of love which is just as bold and magnificent. I, who looks up at the stars and am captivated by its beauty, know that the creator of this amazing greatness loves me more than my incredible view. I have the opportunity to be reminded of this great love every time I look up at the stars. I join with the psalmist in saying “O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth” (Psalm 8:9 NRSV).