“Look Harder” (Title spoken in Rafiki Voice)

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? – Psalm 8:3-4

Have you ever looked into a telescope with an astronomer guiding the way? What appears to be one thing with your naked eyes becomes something totally other just by looking through an eyepiece. Years ago I went on a desert camp out with a group of amateur astronomers, and I will never forget the awe that came over me when I saw the Orion nebula through the 16 inch Dobsonian telescope. The colors, the beauty, the massiveness; it took my breath away.

Years later I would become a Christian and read this verse… “When I look at the heavens, the work of your fingers…”

Apparently God’s fingers are bigger and vastly more capable than my fingers, no shock there. My fingers can barely type, carry small bags, use basic tools, and a few other tasks, but creating galaxies? That’s God stuff. Why would a person that big and that powerful care about me or you? That’s the beautiful mystery because the writer of the Psalm goes on to say, “Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings, and crowned him with glory and honor.” The “him” in this Psalm is a reference to humanity and simultaneously a prophecy about Jesus. We are crowned because was crowned. We are honored when our faith is placed in him who was honored.

Jesus left the adulation of heaven to be shunned on earth (made a little lower). He was crowned with thorns so you could be crowned with life. He was cloaked in dishonor and mockery so you could be clothed in honor and love. Through faith, Jesus makes you part of his royal family. Through faith he gives you status, significance, worth, and honor. Perhaps today you’re looking at yourself or others through your human eyes. Take a moment and glance through God’s eyepiece and see the amazing grace and love he makes available to all who would believe!

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