DayBreaks for 10/18/13 – Incredible Wonder
FROM THE DayBreaks Archive:
Psalm 8:3-5 – 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, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
Good question that David asked God, isn’t it? What was it that brought on David’s wonderment? It was contemplating the vastness of the universe of God’s creation.
I am freshly returned from a 3-day trout fishing excursion (a highly successful one, I might add!) into the high Sierras with a couple of friends/brothers. This is a tradition with us. We’ve gone almost every year for 25 years. (There were 1 or 2 years where we didn’t make it, but that’s all.) But even after all that time, every time I go to see what God has made, I share in David’s wonder.
I stood one evening at the base of a tall Ponderosa pine tree that was right behind the tent we slept in. It was dark and I lifted my eyes to the top of the tree. Immediately above the tip of the tree, almost as if it was in perfect alignment, was a star. I don’t know what the name of the star was, or even if it was a star or a distant galaxy that just looked like a star, but all of a sudden, I felt so tiny. The tree dwarfed me. The tip of the tree towered over me and made me feel small. And then my eyes lifted on up to the star, and I did my best to comprehend the vast distance that one would have to fall from the star to the top of the tree. Knowing that the star couldn’t have been nearly as far away as many objects in space (otherwise it wouldn’t have even been visible to the naked eye), I felt incredibly miniscule, yet amazed, that God knows me. He knows all about me. He knew what I would have for breakfast before I ate it. He knew my last thought before I thought it. He has to manage the entire universe – yet He has time for me.
I must confess, that the last part of David’s utterance is a bit harder for me to accept, but David says it is true: we have been crowned with glory and honor. How? In what way? I think there are several ways:
FIRST: we alone, of all creatures, bear God’s image. Whales don’t, chimpanzees don’t, dolphins don’t. Only mankind. That alone should be enough to make use honored and glorious.
SECOND: we alone, of all creatures, are the beneficiaries of Christ’s sacrifice. He didn’t die for redwood trees, needle-sharp mountains nor for the stars in distant space. His blood wasn’t needed to take away sin from the rest of his creation, only from us. Yet it was a price he felt was worth it. That says something about us being crowned with honor and glory.
The next time that you are tempted to think that you aren’t important or don’t count for much, go out and look at the stars at night – and contemplate that you are far more glorious than anything that sparkles in the sky above!
PRAYER: Father, we are grateful that for those who believe in You, the account has already been settled and all debts paid. Help us avoid the deception of Satan that causes us to think our actions no longer matter or that the cost to settle our debt was small! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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