October 4, 2004

what is man?

"When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,

the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place;

what is man that you are mindful of him..."

(an excerpt from Psalm 8)


I read this passage this morning and was reminded once again of that question...
Why would you be mindful of me?

I have often wondered why looking at the night sky stimulates so many of us to thoughts of God. Some might say its the sky's sheer beauty. Others might say that it is the inumerable stars, the same ones that Abraham looked at so many years ago.

But I think that it might be different.

When you look at the stars, you know that you are looking at something amazingly far away, that is for sure. But have you ever really considered what that means?

Think about it.

If the earth was created 10,000 years ago, and a considerable number of those stars are more than 10,000 lightyears away: the light you see could be an original creation. Light that started the day God spoke it into existence, and it is just now arriving at this earth, to be seen by your eye. And God knew that when He created that particular lightwave, it would be your eye that would behold it. hmmm.

But now consider this:

What happens when you adjust your gaze off of the star and toward that black void that surrounds the star? You are staring into infinity.

I think that on some subconscious level we know that the night sky contains so much of who God is. And it shouts volumes.

"The heavens tell of the glory of God.
The skies display his marvelous craftsmanship.

Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.

They speak without a sound or a word;
their voice is silent in the skies;

yet their message has gone out to all the earth,
and their words to all the world."

(An excerpt from Psalm 19)

What is man? Why should you care for me?

But He does.