Totally Awesome!

In a recent discussion with my 12 year old grandson, he told me about the “new planet” that’s been in the news the last few weeks. Though the “new planet” wouldn’t be exactly “new,” it could well take the place of my old friend Pluto.  Ever since Pluto was “downgraded” to non-planet status, my 8th grade science has taken a hit!

As he told me the astounding facts of the new discovery, I was reminded of Psalm 19. Verses one and two read like this:  “The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display his marvelous craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.” (NLT)  Did you catch the word “continue”? That means, every day and every night the heavens declare his majesty and his glory!

In a book published in 2010, titled The Heavens Proclaim His Glory, one is allowed to visit the heavens through a collection of beautiful pictures captured from the Hubble telescope.  With comments from Anne Graham Lotz, John McArthur, and others, we have some “psalmist-type” commentary on the pictures that are absolutely amazing.  Perhaps you know the facts, but let me remind you about the measurements that simply blow the mind.  One light-year is six trillion miles. The Milky Way Galaxy is 100,000 light-years across. (That’s 600,000,000,000,000,000 miles!) There are about 350,000,000,000 galaxies in the universe.  Now, with some recent discoveries, this amazing information is somewhat out of date.  That fact speaks again of the “continuing” commentary that the heavens declare about his glory!  In fact, I am convinced we will continue to make “new” discoveries of the “old” for as long as He allows this present world to exist.  Even through the stars, God continues to reveal himself!

Abraham Lincoln once said, “I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and say there is no God.” (The Heavens Proclaim His Glory, Thomas Nelson Inc., 2010, p. 6 & 15)

While the heavens are indeed amazing, and I am personally awed by the creation of my Creator, I am just as amazed that HE is involved in my routine week. HE looks beyond time, yet looks at my next minute, hour, and day!  While He is God of the universe, the ONE who set every star in place, HE is willing, able, and available to set my time in place!  He cares for me; and just as HE ordered the stars to their place, HE “ordered my place” before time began. What an amazing, omnipotent, personal God I serve!

I am not a “star;” but with absolute joy and amazement, I will declare HIS glory!!  Totally awesome!

Pastor Bob

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