Psalm 8 makes one think about their place in the world. How one fits into the expanse of the universe. I know that I wonder about this sometimes.
The universe we live in is vast. The earth is 8,000 miles around. Jupiter is 1,300 times as large as the earth. The sun is 1,300,000 times as large as earth, and 866,000 miles in diameter. How about this, the earth is traveling 1,000 miles per hour on it’s axis, and 9,000,000 miles per year. The earth is also traveling around 550,000,000 miles per year around the sun. We know that it takes 365 days to make that journey. It’s estimated that the earth travels 19 miles per second. Whereas stars can travel anywhere from 100 miles per second to as fast as 15,000 miles per second. To add to this, light travels at 186,000 miles per second, making its way around the earth 7.5 times in a second. It can make it to the moon in 1.25 seconds, and to the sun in 7.5 seconds. These thought are almost to much for me to fathom. But make no mistake, science could go on and on and on.
In light of this, Psalm 8 has this to say: “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the starts, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of them, mankind that you care for them? You made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rule over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all the flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Such a great reminder that God is mindful of each of us today. That the Lord cares about what we do and has made us for a purpose. May we each, no matter how big this world/universe is, know and grab hold of the one who is mindful of us and loves us. In Jesus name.