Our world is unfathomably huge.
The sun’s light that bathes the earth today left the sun 8 minutes and 20 seconds ago traveling at about 186,000 miles per second. The distance it traveled—93 million miles—isn’t really that far, though, at least not when talking about the universe. Our little galaxy is just one of millions.
I doubt David knew too much about astronomy, but he had looked up into the sky at night enough to know how incredible it is that in this great big old universe, God cares about us. Maybe David wrote this psalm by candlelight on a clear night as he gazed toward the sky:
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. When I look at 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, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8:1-9)
It’s really amazing when you think about it.
About 7 billion people live on this planet, and about 300 million of them live in the US. We’re all different—different ethnicities, languages, interests, cultures. We’re tall, short, bald, big, and small. And God knows every single one.
He knows your concerns, your hopes and dreams, your problems. And he cares about them all.
It’s easy sometimes to get lost in the crowd, to think you’re just a number, that nobody really cares. But God does.
Go outside tonight and look at the sky. Let it remind you of David’s gazing at those same stars and reflecting on God’s interest in every single person. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!