O Lord our God, the majesty and glory of your name fills all the earth and overflows the heavens. You have taught the little children to praise you perfectly. May their example shame and silence your enemies!
When I look up into the night skies and see the work of your fingers - the moon and the stars you have made -- I cannot understand how you can bother with mere puny man, to pay any attention to him!
And yet you have made him only a little lower than the angels, and placed a crown of glory and honor upon his head.
You have put him in charge of everything you made; everything is put under his authority: all sheep and oxen, and wild animals too, the birds and fish, and all the life in the sea. O Jehovah, our Lord, the majesty and glory of your name fills the earth. Psalm 8: 1-8 (TLB)
He counts the stars and calls them all by name. Psalm 147:2 (TLB)
Carrie Knight Kitzmiller is from Texas. While looking through a book on astronomy, Carrie came across a photo of a cluster of galaxies taken through a telescope. A A cluster of galaxies! The realization of that magnitude was so profound for her that Carrie actually felt a headache.
The Milky Way galaxy resides among approximately one hundred thousand other galaxies in a supercluster named Laniakea. And Earth is located an estimated twenty-six thousand light-years from the center of the Milky Way. No words are sufficient to express the incredible size of the universe. How inexpressibly marvelous and enormous, then, is our God!
The psalmist's declaration that God determines the number of stars and gives them each a name could make some of us feel insignificant and small. Yet, in that complicated immensity, God chose to create us. God knows our names and abides in our hearts. Through our tears, laughter, and experiences, God reaches out to us and names us Beloved Children. Praise be to God!
Prayer: All-powerful and loving God, thank you for caring for each part of your creation and for calling us your children, in Jesus' name. Amen.