Wednesday, January 19, 2011

It's easy to lose perspective. Our lives and circumstances loom large in our own eyes, but not when compared to the vastness of the universe. Perspective is easily lost when we don't take time to consider our place in the universe.

"When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet" (Psalm 8:3-6)

Few adults take time to lie back and look up at the night sky. I was given a telescope a year or two ago, and for a time I savored the night sky through the eye of its lens. My appreciation for the immense size of our universe grew. A video I saw recently, which helped give some sense of perspective as to the size of the universe, gave me a fresh appreciation of the vastness of God's creation.

According to the Psalmist, it is only when we take time to consider God's celestial creation that we began to gain perspective on ourselves, and the priority of the son of man. The son of man, whom we know to be Jesus (Yeshua), has been created "a little lower than God". And yet, in this subservient position, He is crowned with glory and majesty, and entrusted with rulership over all that God has made. All of creation is being put under His feet.

Pondering the vastness of the universe as we look up at the night sky gives perspective to our lives, and the role of God's Son. It all brings life perspective and problems into harmony with God's purposes. As His creation, He wants each of us to be subject to His Son. In doing so, we are not submitting to a ruthless dictator, but rather to the compassionate care of the One who knows our human frailty and weakness, and calls forth the resources of heaven to assist us in our need.

The busyness of life easily keeps us from considering the heavens - taking the time to lie back and look up at the vastness that surrounds us. Miniscule as we truly are in our little corner of the universe, our thoughts and concerns are well known and important to our Creator. This truth invokes the response of the Psalmist: "O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!" (Psalm 8:9)


© 2011, Steve Taylor


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