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?
Psalm 8:3-4 ESV
Reading today's verse, you can imagine a young David in the field with his sheep. He is lying on his back in the open pasture, gazing up into the night skies. The sight before him, the moon and stars, shining their light out of the dark, clear night. In his wonder, he is awed by God and man’s insignificance.
It may have been a while, but I'm guessing that many of us, like David, have spent time gazing at the night skies. Consider then there are estimated to be more than 100 billion galaxies in the ou universe. The enormity of God's creation makes us aware of our smallness. Our self-importance becomes dwarfed by His mighty wonders, and the recognition of who is really in charge gazes back at us. Yet, among all his creations, God holds of us in a special loving relationship. We are created in His image, and he cared so much for us that he gave his only Son to save us and the gift of the Holy Spirit to dwell within us.
Precious God, creator of all things, we give you thanks. We acknowledge our insignificance in the entirety of all your marvelous works. From the beginning, you have shown your love for us, providing for our every need. During this time of Advent, we look into the night skies and remember the Star of Bethlehem that shone announcing the arrival of your Son, and we joyously await, watch, and prepare for His return. Please help us in our waiting to share your love with others. In Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.