24th February, 2017

I See the Stars

 “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.
Psalm 147:4 (NIV)

Perhaps you were waiting since Monday of this week to hear NASA’s scheduled Wednesday news release about activity outside of our solar system.

The news was about the discovery of seven Earth-sized planets orbiting Trappist-1, a star which is about 39 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Aquarius. Nowadays we hear more often than in the past about newly discovered stars, planets and galaxies. As our technology improves, the likelihood of more discoveries is high.

Eventually the scientific world gets around to giving new stars and constellations a name, but someone named them before. In fact, for God this was not a matter of discovery. He had arranged the whole system before we existed, and to each star he gave a name. This is what the above Psalm tells us. To name someone or something shows a personal involvement and interest. God is involved in and is interested in his incredible universe, or, as we think of it now, multiverse.

A few days ago, I was with a group of Christians from our church in the beautiful island of Cyprus, and we went down to the beach one starry night. What an incredible sight we saw! The dark sky was lit up in splendid form by myriads of stars. We enjoyed naming the individual stars and planets and constellations as much as we could, but I suspect God has names for them that are not based on mythologies or on which human observed them first.

We sang a song of praise in wonderment. How great thou art. Maybe you know it. One line begins I see the stars. God sees them too, and he has a name for each of them.

O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, and see your power displayed through the multiverse, I see the stars and know how you have named them, and thank you, Father, that in all your majesty, you see me and call me by my name, and that your love for me is constant and everlasting. In Jesus’ name.

Study by James Henderson


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James Henderson is the National Ministry Leader for Grace Communion International in the UK and Ireland.

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