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Luminous like the moon
Andrea Delwiche
by Andrea Delwiche
June 20, 2022

Picture a clear night sky. It may be a wide view if you live in the country or just a glimpse if you’re a city dweller. The moon pulls up over the horizon or over the roof of the house behind you. Maybe it’s a full, pearly moon. Maybe it’s a pale sliver. 

Consider yourself in the same night; small and seemingly insignificant in comparison to the vast, bright moon. Like a speck of starlight. Perhaps that’s what David thought when he asked, “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” (Psalm 8:3,4).

“Nothing,” you might say. “I’m nothing in comparison to God’s works of moon and stars.”

But David continued, “You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, all the animals of the wild” (verses 5-7). 

Can you hear David’s nearly incredulous joy? In God’s eyes, you’re individual and important. You’re luminous like the pearly moon. You’re full of wonder. Loved. Crowned with glory and honor. Given responsibility for the rest of the created world.

Think of God’s creativity and love in making you. Then finish with David’s cry of joy: “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (verse 9).

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