“You have set your glory in the heavens… When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place…” (Psalm 8:1, 3)
After reflecting on God’s powerful and personal nature (v. 1), the psalmist invites everyone to look up. To see the proof of the majesty of God in what He has made.
One of my tasks, here at my home, is to walk the dogs on their morning “constitutional.” In the winter months, this occurs before the sun rises in the morning. In the cool, crisp air of the pre-dawn morning, the stars are clear and magnificent. They inspire awe and wonder. Then, when you consider the magnitude of the universe (that it would take an unimaginable number of light years to traverse our universe) you catch a glimpse of the glorious majesty of God. One Who was able to create all things and spread them out in an almost infinite array, boggles even the sharpest minds.
And when you also consider that the entire universe is governed by immutable laws that keep everything in place… and order the positions of the galaxies – you begin to see just how amazingly glorious our God really is.
This is a common theme for the psalmists. Psalm 19 begins with: “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.” Psalm 97:6 declares: “The heavens declare His righteousness, And all the peoples have seen His glory.”
And in the New Testament, God’s creation is seen as the exacting proof of the existence and glory of God: “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood from His workmanship, so that men are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20)
The Psalmist invites us to look up into the night sky… and be inspired!
Maybe that is why I find myself praying most earnestly in those early morning hours. It is like you have gained a better understanding of the One Whom you are seeking. He becomes more glorious when you can readily observe a reflection of His glory.