By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
He gathered the waters of the sea as in a bottle;
he put the deeps in storehouses.
Let all the earth fear the Lord;
let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
For he spoke, and it came to be;
he commanded, and it stood firm.
I have been on a bit of a kick lately. I keep thinking about the vastness of the universe and about the God who created. The word awesome is applicable when we consider thoughtfully the smallest plant in our yard to the biggest stars scientists have discovered at the edges of our galaxy. And to consider, the one who created it all is above and even more spectacular than all of creation itself. I do not know about you, but it leaves me feeling small (in a good way) and not at all an expert about this thing we call life. It also frees me to live this one day with gratitude, joy and curiosity, making each moment an opportunity for growth and development.
Consider the passage above from the book of Psalms. God did not lift a finger to accomplish the act of creation; all he had to do was speak. Take a look online at the images sent back from the Hubble Space Telescope and realize that God, the creator, spoke those celestial bodies into being! I like the way pastor Louie Giglio puts it when he say, “our God is a Star-Breather!” No wonder the psalmist will admonish us toward a healthy respect and fear of this God: “Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.” If that were all we knew of this God, it would be sufficient to provoke awe and worship. However, this star-breather God is also the God who speaks to us personally because of his great love, in fact He is Love. The God who spoke and breathed the Cosmos into being is also the God who personally loves you and desires relationship with you more than you can even begin to imagine.
The length to which God goes to show us his love and desire to live in relationship with him is seen in Jesus, the cosmic Christ. “For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit,…” Have a great day and may you take the time to look up or down, or even inside and know that our God is indescribably powerful and he loves you.