"When I Consider"
August 28, 2011
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
Most of us live in the city.
Because that's so, it's sometimes quite difficult for us to appreciate God's universe in the same way as did the Psalmist.
Pollution, ambient light and reflected heat all tend to make the stars fade away until about the only things which can be seen are low-flying jets and a hazy moon.
Still there are people who manage to appreciate what God has done.
Along with some of you, there are those who live in the country, far removed from city or town. There are those who search the heavens with the use of telescopes, those who can remember the beauty of an unobstructed heaven.
And there is one other group, according to Pastor Ken Goodson who, many years ago, went to the Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. Walking through the facility, he saw people gathering in small groups -- small groups which were studying the Scriptures.
When he asked, "Why?", Werner Von Braun, who at that time was the head of America's space program explained, "We have discovered the further we go into space and the more we learn about the universe the more we are driven to believe in God."
Many of you have written to me over the years and said the same thing: when you look at God's creation, you have become convinced of the Creator.
Some of you have talked about the miracle of a baby; others have spoken about a sunset which stopped you in your tracks. Some have sensed the presence of the Lord in the mountains and others on the flat prairie. All of these can speak of the handiwork of a mighty Lord.
But, if someone wishes to see Him completely and clearly, he needs to look in a Bethlehem manger, on a Jerusalem cross, at a borrowed and empty tomb. While nature may tell us there is a God, these three places tell us that this God is gracious and loving beyond our imagining and most certainly beyond a sinner's deserving.
For all of which it is our duty to thank and praise to serve and obey Him.
Oh, that last line, it wasn't mine, but it's still pretty good.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, to those who are given the ability to see, Your wonderful handiwork is all around. To those who have eyes of faith, there is the added joy in seeing the Savior who was sacrificed for our salvation. No matter what else may happen to me, I pray the Holy Spirit may fix my eyes and my hope in the Bethlehem manger, Calvary's cross and Jesus' empty tomb. May we all look upon these things and see Your love. In the Name of the Savior I pray it. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries