January 18

Psalm 19:1-6

“The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.” vss. 1-2

The psalmist had an advantage over most of us. In his time, there was no smog to obscure vision in the day, and no light pollution at night. No wonder he’s ecstatic about sky-watching–every time he looked up, day or night he grew in his knowledge of God. Everything he saw was a manifestation of God’s glory, a sign of God’s presence that boggled his mind. We continue to have the psalmist’s fascination with the skies, and through the centuries have sought new technologies that have allowed us to peer deeper into the universe than we’ve ever thought possible. Last Christmas Day the James Webb space telescope was launched from French Guiana and astronomers from all over the world are eagerly awaiting its first images. One hundred times more powerful than the Hubble, the James Webb will be able to pick up light that originated 13.5 billion years ago, right at the birth of the universe. While we can’t even begin to imagine what will be discovered, the psalmist assures us that the fingerprints of God will be all over everything that we see. We’ll likely discover evidence of life in unexpected places, and our notion of God will need to be expanded once again. That’s just how it is for those who live in Christ, the One through whom all things were made. We just didn’t realize how magnificent the creation really was!

Thought for the Day: What drives humans to explore space?

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