The Heavens Declare the Glory of God
Be Strong, Be Well — Thursday, January 21, 2021
He’s in the news again. Our Christian brother, Victor Glover, NASA astronaut aboard the International Space Station, submitted photos on social media of the sun on the very edge of the earth’s horizon.
His message read, “Took these photos today, I love sunrises and sunsets. Can you see the bands of color? They remind me of the scripture in Psalm 30, ‘weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.’ It seems darkest just before sunrise. I wish you all love and light. Goodnight from the @iss.” — Victor Glover (@AstroVicGlover)
Our brother’s comments reminded me of several other passages in Psalms. “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).
The universe and every magnificent phenomena in it, was made for the glory of God. He made humans in His image to glorify Him. When we look out into the night sky, or see what astronauts see looking back at our home, planet earth, we can’t help but to glorify Him.
The Psalmist said, “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?” For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet” (Psalm 8:3-7).
These thoughts should cause us to pause and consider how very privileged we are to live on this beautiful earth, surrounded by the wonders and vastness of the universe God created. When we think of the power and majesty of the Almighty God, a truly grateful heart will be even more dedicated to His service. —Chris