Psalm 8

O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Today marks the feast day of two renowned astronomers, Nicolaus Copernicus and Johannes Kepler. They pioneered the argument that the sun, rather than the earth, was the center of the universe around which the planets rotated. Both men’s work was extremely controversial at the time, yet both persisted. They testified to the presence of God in creation and maintained that science can lead us more deeply into an understanding of the work of our Creator.

Quite appropriately, Psalm 8 is one of the scriptures appointed for today. The fourth and fifth verses of the psalm were made famous in more contemporary times when Apollo 11 astronaut, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin read them upon his return to earth, having been the second man in history to walk on the moon.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and stars you have set in their courses,
What is man that you should be mindful of him?
The son of man that you should seek him out?

In these times when it is easy to get overwhelmed, look up into the night sky to see the moon and the stars and the vast expanse of interstellar space and know that God is in charge! As Copernicus and Kepler argued five centuries ago, science can indeed bring us to a deeper understanding of God. Our God is an awesome God!

Blessings and in faith,

Earth and all stars, loud rushing planets,
sing to the Lord a new song!
O victory, loud shouting army,
sing to the Lord a new song!
He has done marvelous things.
I, too, will praise him with a new song!

The Hymnal 1982 (#412, Earth and All Stars, Herbert F. Brokering)