At this time of the year, the full moon seems larger than life. There is a school with its large parking lot, running track and baseball fields ½ mile from our house. When we come home from Bible study in the evening, the moon is visible over this expanse of space, without the interjection of trees hampering the vision. It has been wonderful to stare at the moon, marveling at its orange-tinted hue when it is first visible and appears huge. Then, as it rises high in the sky, it seems to spread a glow of white light that blankets the land.
I realize that there is a scientific way of explaining the light, the coloration, the change in apparent size of the moon, etc. and I appreciate that we have gone such a long way in understanding our world. But, science is quite irrelevant when I see the full moon advancing overhead: I know it does this because God ordained it to do so, and it is awe-inspiring to me.
“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 ESV
These verses from David come front and center when we look at the moon and at the beauty of God’s creation. What is man, indeed? How is the Creator God mindful of mankind? He is the One who spoke all of our universe into existence by the power of His Word! More incredible to think of, this same Almighty God who existed before the universe was created and who is infinite, not only knows of human-kind, He knows ME, individually and personally.
Psalm 139 provides a listing of all the intimate details that God knows about each person on this planet. He knows:
- When you sit down and when you stand up. – 139:2
- The path you will take, when you lay down, all your ways. – 139:3
- What I say even before I speak it out loud. – 139:4
- His hand is on you and he hems you in. – 139:5
- You can go nowhere outside of God’s sight or knowledge. – 139:7-12
- Even in the lowest part of earth, far from heaven, God sees you. – 139:8
- God is in the heavens and in the sea. – 139:9
- No matter where you are, God’s right hand will hold you. – 139:10
- Even darkness cannot hide you from God. – 139:11-12
- God created you and you are fearfully and wonderfully made. – 139:13-15
- God knew the number of our days even before we were born – 139:16
John Calvin said the following about Psalm 139:17-18 in his Commentary:
The truth is one which we would do well to consider more than we do, for while we may cast a glance at our hands and our feet, and occasionally survey the elegance of our shape with complacency, there is scarcely one in a hundred who thinks of his Maker. Or if any recognize their life as coming from God, there is none at least who rises to the great truth that He who formed the ear, and the eye, and the understanding heart, Himself hears, and sees, and knows everything.
So, the next time you look up into the heavens and see the full moon reflecting the sun’s light over the earth, remember Psalm 139.
A. W. Tozer [1897-1963] said:
“If we miss seeing God in His works we deprive ourselves of the sight of a royal display of wisdom and power so elevating, so ennobling, so awe-inspiring as to make all attempts at description futile. Such a sight the angels behold day and night forever and ask nothing more to make them perpetually satisfied!”
The God who formed us knows us and loves us, and gave His Son for us. Perhaps we should say that the moon is reflecting His Son-shine as it witnesses to us of God’s love and provision. Let us declare that which the Psalmist said:
“O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
Psalm 8:9 ESV
Father, when I consider Your greatness and Your marvelous creation, Your love and intimate knowledge of me, I can only fall on my knees and confess that You are God. O Lord, my Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!