There is something about watching the wonders of the heavens that makes mankind realize how small we really are.
Today, across the United States, we had the extreme privilege of watching a solar eclipse. For some it was a glimpse of how God has placed order on the universe. For others, it was a totality of awe and wonder. No matter how we may have experienced this event, one thing is for sure, there is order to our universe.
I remember in 1979 when I first experienced what a solar eclipse was like. Our teacher had each of us create a shoebox pinhole viewer. We watched as the bright small dot, became encompassed by the darkness of the moon. It wasn’t a total eclipse but it began my interest and love of nature and the heavens.
As I watched today, I thought of Psalm 8. As a nation, we looked up to the heavens and applauded in amazement as God’s creation did exactly what it was commanded to do on this very day. No longer did we ask about racism. No longer did we fear the terrorist. No longer did we wonder what the Republican or Democrat was standing for. No longer did we focus on our fears, anxieties or problems. We focused on God’s creation, thereby focusing our attention on what He was doing at that very moment.
When we focus on our problems, we take our eyes off of the heavens. When we focus on our anxieties, we no longer look up and wonder what God is doing. When we focus on what God is doing, we forget about our problems. When we focus on God and His creation, we realize that our problems are a mere flash of existence that doesn’t even make a dent in the view of eternity.
For 2 minutes today, each of us made a conscience decision to look up to the heavens, forget about our problems and re-focus our attention to the Creator of the Eclipse. Read Psalm 8 and exclaim, “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
God bless and encourage someone today.
1 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name(A) in all the earth!
You have set your glory(B)
in the heavens.(C)
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold(D) against your enemies,
to silence the foe(E) and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,(F)
the work of your fingers,(G)
the moon and the stars,(H)
which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?[c](I)
5 You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e](J)
and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.(K)
6 You made them rulers(L) over the works of your hands;(M)
you put everything under their[g] feet:(N)
7 all flocks and herds,(O)
and the animals of the wild,(P)
8 the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,(Q)
all that swim the paths of the seas.
9 Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!(R)
*Taken from the NIV