June 3

Psalm 8:1-4

“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?” vss. 3-4

The psalmist had likely spent long hours observing the wonders of the world. We can imagine him in the Judean hills, perhaps on a mountaintop, watching the sun go down and seeing the myriads of stars emerge in the darkness. There was no light pollution in those days and the skies exploded with brightness and movement. Observers could not help but be overwhelmed by the immensity of space and the minuscule presence of humans as marked by the flickering lights marking their towns and villages. Imagine how he would have responded to a glimpse of the universe as revealed by the Hubble Space Telescope! As it is, his words reflect a deep appreciation of the creation–it’s almost too much for words. And the fact that we mortals have a ring-side side to all these wonders is more than he can comprehend. Think of it! We have done nothing, nothing at all, to deserve the bounty that has been dumped into our laps by our loving God. All that we have is beyond our capacity to produce–and we can’t even get our heads around the majesty of it all. The universe as it exists and has been given to us is even beyond our imaginations. And we get to live here every day of our lives! How did we ever get to be so lucky?

Thought for the Day: What amazes me most about the creation?

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