The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
Psalms 19:1 NRSV
The Apollo 11 moon landing in 1969 was an event that rocked history. As we crowded around our TVs, we watched Neil Armstrong leave the lunar module and step onto the moon for the first time, hearing him say, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Now some 50 years later, NASA has placed another rover on Mars, appropriately named Perseverance. A journey of 292.5 million-miles.
While David never had the experience of witnessing live-feed transmissions from the heavens, he was no less in awe of God's marvelous works. Today we know that our universe is just one of many and know our Creator made them all. In creating us, he gave us brains that we can achieve such a feat as space travel. When we look at the pictures of earth from space, we see the splendor of the firmament. Looking out our windows, we see evidence of God all around us. These wonders are evidence of how much God must love us to give us such gifts.
Loving God, we look into the skies and witness your marvels. The beauty of your creation surrounds us. As your custodians of this beautiful earth, we confess that we have sadly routinely desecrated and misused this gift. Father, please forgive us. We offer you thanks today for continuing to love us when we're not lovable. We give thanks for sending your Son, who willingly died for our sins, not because we deserve it but only because of your grace. Please help us this day forward to listen to the Holy Spirit, do no harm, do only good, and love you wholly. Amen.