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When I consider thy heavens

O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.  … 3. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;  Psalms 8:1,3

These verses really struck me as significant as I read them this morning. Let’s look at these two verses carefully.

O YHWH (יְהוֹוָה Yhovah) our Lord (אָדוֹן ‘adown meaning ‘sovereign’)  who (meaning God Himself) hast set thy (your, singular) glory above the heavens. Psalms 8:1

God has set his own glory above that of the created heavens. And those heavens are a wonder to behold. Just look at some of the beautiful pictures of the NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day. Here I illustrate this (Fig. 1) with their July 30, 2014 picture of the Andromeda galaxy.

Figure 1: M31: The Andromeda Galaxy.  Image Credit & Copyright: Jacob Bers (Bersonic)

Our own galaxy would look very similar to this one. With modern large telescopes we see a universe full of maybe 100 billion galaxies, many of which look like this one. But God’s glory is way above all of this.

When I consider thy (your, singular) heavens, the work of thy fingers ( אֶצבַּע ‘etsba` meaning ‘something to seize with’ but God does not have nor need real fingers, so it is figurative), the moon and the stars (and the latter must include the sun, which was not known by Earth astronomers to be a star until millenia later), which thou (you, singular) hast ordained (כּוּן kuwn meaning to ‘be erect’, stand perpendicular hence causatively to ‘set up’, literally to ‘establish’ or figuratively to ‘appoint’); Psalms 8:3

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Figure 2: Cosmic Crab Nebula. Image Credit: NASA, Chandra X-ray Observatory, SAO, DSS

Figure 2 shows, in a combined image from X-rays and optical light, the night sky around  the Crab Nebular, in our galaxy, formed from the explosion of a star, which left behind a neutron star.  Stars have exploded and this does not represent “death” in any biblical sense but is part of the natural world God made. In these events, as well as star forming (star “birth”; Fig. 3), do we see the hand of the Creator? Yes, I believe so. We are looking back into Creation and seeing the fingers of God creating and shaping the heavens.

He made the stars also. Genesis 1:16

Figure 3: Material streaming out from this newborn star has formed the nebula dubbed Sharpless 2-106 Nebula (S106). Image Credit: GRANTECAN and IAC

The psalmist under inspiration goes on to write:

What is man (meaning mankind), that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man (meaning offspring of Adam; God cares about us and He sent Christ as the ‘Kinsman-Redeemer’ (Isaiah 59:20), who only can redeem the sons of Adam (Hebrews 2:14)), that thou visitest him? 5. For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  6. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: Psalms 8:4-6

LIFE-GENDERGod put man on Earth to take care of it. He gave us this responsibility, not the other way round. It is man first, creation second. The wicked world kills human babies, making abortion—actually infanticide—legal, but clubbing baby seals or killing whales is considered so abhorrent that no civilized person could contemplate it.

All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;  8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. Psalms 8:7,8

God set man as a gardener over all His Creation, in the sea, in the air and on land. The Creation is not the purpose of man nor is man subject to the Creation, as the left-wing environmentalists would have you believe. God was placed on earth to take care of the Creation on Earth, while God Himself takes care of the Creation in the cosmos, for His own glory.

O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Psalms 8:9

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By John Gideon Hartnett

Dr John G. Hartnett is an Australian physicist and cosmologist, and a Christian with a biblical creationist worldview. He received a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D. (with distinction) in Physics from The University of Western Australia, W.A., Australia. He was an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award (DORA) fellow at the University of Adelaide, with rank of Associate Professor. Now he is retired. He has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals, book chapters and conference proceedings.