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Psalm 8

What is man

(Psalm 8)

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In 1977 a historical event took place in the history of space research. Two spacecraft without any astronauts were launched to investigate the outer edges of our solar system. They started their journey to the most remote planets, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. Thousands of pictures of unknown worlds of an immeasurable space were sent during thirteen years. Space is one of the unfathomable things that God has created, an awesome wonder of Gods hand. “Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. Which maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.” (Job 9:8-10). Psalm 8 also speaks about this. “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained” (vs. 4).

Special picture
One of the most intriguing Voyager pictures was sent in 1990, when Voyager 1 reached the edge of our solar system. On this picture a small ray of sunlight can be seen with a small bleak spot in it, about 6 billion kilometres away. This insignificant spot is our planet earth. This picture makes us realize how tiny earth is, the more if we realize that the universe is much bigger than we could see on that picture, billions of times bigger. An incredible enormous space filled with millions of astronomic systems. When I saw this special picture, I became aware of the words of Ps. 8: “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him?”
The pictures from the Voyagers and also from telescope Hubble for example, which we have gotten from astronauts in the last decades, bring deep respect to us as believers for the God Who has created this universe. But at the same time it brings us to deep humility because of the smallness of us human beings. What is man, that He is mindful of us!

Heavenly majesty
The Lord shows His Majesty above the heavens, we read in Psalm 8:2. Just to be able to understand something of His Majesty, the LORD created the universe. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge” (Psalm 19:1,2). The heavens declare the honour, the glory of God. The LORD is unlimited in power, in creative power. It has been Gods intention for us to see and recognize this. Not only what we can see of creation during the day speaks thereof, but especially the night speaks of that knowledge. If we see the stars in the sky at night, our thoughts should be directed to our Creator. “Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together” (Is. 48:13).
The universe fits in the palm of Gods Hand and it is by His call, His Speaking in space and time, that it is called into being. “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth” (Psalm 33:6). He has spoken with immeasurable power and intelligence and it came to be.

Cosmic constants
With the knowledge of today’s science it is no longer possible to believe in an accidental development of the universe. Over the last decades various scientists have admitted this, especially because of the so-called cosmic constants. Constants of nature in the laws of nature that have been determined extremely accurate which keep this universe in balance, like the value of the speed of light, the force of attraction of nucleus parts in atoms, power of gravity and so on. These cosmic constants keep everything there is in balance. If these constants would change just a fraction, it would be impossible for the universe to exist. Atoms would splatter and the heavenly bodies would not be able to keep each other in balance. Roger Penrose, a mathematic physicist, has calculated, from acknowledging these nature constants, the chance that our universe exists. This chance is smaller than 1 divided by a 10 with a thousand thirty zero’s. This number excludes any coincidence. Someone must have determined these cosmic constants, which are non-convertible, very precisely. Another scientist, Fred Hoyle, a well known astronomer and former atheist, says: “The cosmic constants give a strong impression that the universe was created with life in mind.” Robert Jastrow, CEO of the Institute for Space Studies, part of the NASA, called the cosmic constants ‘the most theistic result that ever came forth of science’.

No Big Bang
The more we study the universe, the more it shows that the universe cannot be a product of coincidence. The heavens have been secured by the LORD in a very special manner, ‘strong, as a molten looking glass’, as Job expresses it in Job 37:18. “Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass?” The universe exists by the grace of these constants that have been determined with great accuracy. That leads to the conclusion that science does not agree with the random ‘Big Bang’, that has been taught to many youngsters in many schools and universities. The Big Bang is a definite lie, and scientific research shows this more and more clearly. We do not belong to a bursting universe that has been determined by coincidence. The Lord has planted the earth in the midst of the universe, very meticulously, with great care and love, so that when we would investigate the universe, our thoughts would be led to Him.

Clear view
Did you know that in fact it is very exceptional that we have such a clear view from our planet of the stars? The earthly atmosphere has very specific characteristics. One of them is a transparency that makes it possible to study the starry sky. The earth is located exactly in a very transparent part of the Milky Way, where the view is not being blocked by space dust. This cannot be a coincidence. It has been undoubtedly God’s intention for us to investigate His immeasurable heavens.