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“What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?”

– Psalm 8:4, NIV

At times, the Earth can seem like a massive place. As we look at the wonders of living creatures, from the massive to the microscopic, we can feel overwhelmed by the beauty and vastness of it all.  But as we pull away into the sprawling cosmos, our place in this universe can also seem small. As one astronaut recalls from his journey beyond our planet:

“The Earth reminded us of a Christmas tree ornament hanging in the blackness of space. As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine. That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart. Seeing that has to make a man appreciate the creation of God and the love of God.”

– James Irwin, U.S. Astronaut
taken from The Hand of God
The vastness of the cosmos is a source of wonder and admiration for its Creator. Our existence is fragile and delicate, and yet the Psalms assure us that God made us “a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned [us] with glory and honor.” The same God who created the farthest stars and the smallest creatures still cares for us.

To paraphrase the final verse of Psalm 8: “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name throughout the universe.”

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