Have you seen the Hubble Satellite telescope picture of two galaxies colliding? Not moons or even planets but galaxies. Do such marvels amaze you, too?
In a smaller yet fascinating world experience, our family lived on Mt. Tabor. No, not the one of biblical importance, but the extinct volcano in Portland, Oregon. It was a lovely, older neighborhood and we enjoyed walking our girls around it and pointing out the stunning array of established flower bushes and foliage. Baby Robin was in a carriage cooing and toddler Joy wanted to pluck every flower...In my mind, our creation strolls were always purposed to dazzle Joy with what God had made with power, beauty, delight, and variety. Did it work Joy?
Enter stage right and Psalm 8, where all of creation is on display and David, with his exuberant congregation, sing in astonishment:
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens./ Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger./ When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? / Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
David sees creation, without our thousands of years of creation neglect or the glare and distraction of electronic devices, and he wonders out loud, “What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Do you wonder this, too?
First, a word about creation. Creation is a beginning and not an end in itself (Cf. Romans 1). Prevalent pantheism, someone has observed, merely glorifies and deifies creation’s beauty and intricacies, and calls it “mother nature.” A robust biblical understanding of what has been made “joyfully looks to God as the good Creator, Ruler, and Sustainer of the world.
Even more, and beyond full comprehension, the New Testament “applies the glory of man to the Messiah…Jesus Christ was Creator at the beginning and is Creator still who sustains, took on flesh to take our place, and is soon returning to be Judge.” Imagine this: We matter more than all other created, colliding galaxies or amazing life forms on earth.
Put that in your coffee the next time you don’t think God cares or you don’t matter.