“He Determines the Number of the Stars”

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In my personal Bible time, I just finished reading through all one hundred and fifty Psalms.

It was amazing.

Psalms is such an incredible book, filled with beautiful prayers and songs of praise, laments and cries of sorrow, joyful exaltation of the Most High and exhortation of all people to praise Him. In every Psalm, the thing that strikes me the most is how the authors always turn back to God and acknowledge him as King, even if they’re full of sorrow and pain.

A few days ago, when the Psalm for the day was 147, I came across this verse:

“He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.”

Psalm 147:4-5

I read it several times over.

He determines the number of the stars. He gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord. Abundant is his power. His understanding is beyond measure.

This is the God we serve. He’s sovereign and powerful. Nothing shakes him. Nothing surprises him. He has a plan in place, and nothing can mess with that plan. He’s not a mindless force or a part of the universe. He is the one who created the universe, who upholds the universe, and he is a personal God with whom we can have an intimate relationship because of the blood of his Son.

Thank you, Lord, that you’re God and we’re not. You are good and perfect and powerful. Thank you that you uphold the universe with the word of your power. Thank you for loving us and for sending your Son to save us.

“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?…O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

Psalm 8:3-4, 9

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