When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers – the moon and the stars you set in place – what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.Psalm 8:3-5
I love the night sky. When I am out on the lake, I can look up and see so many more stars than at my home near the city. It is almost dizzying to gaze up at the utter vastness covered in tiny, brilliant pinpricks of light.
God is sovereign over all of that space, all those stars and planets, and so much beyond what we can see and are able to understand, and, yet, He knows my name. He hears every prayer I lift to Him. He bends down to comfort me, speak to me, encourage me, and be in a relationship with me.
It is humbling. Who am I that the God of the universe should care so much about me?
And, it is exalting. The fact that He does care so much about me makes me somebody.
Maybe, like me, you have struggled with your worth and your identity. Maybe you have struggled to know what to anchor it in…the affections of others? Your career? Your children? Your looks? Your money?
As long as we are looking to ourselves or others to find our worth and identity, we will struggle. Where the understanding of our worth and identity actually begins is with God. The glorious, holy, righteous God who hung the moon and all the stars in place made us, knows us, and loves us.
What is an ant among ants? Nothing. But if I, being so much more than an ant, were to choose one and to give it my love and my care and create a special place for it in my home, a special purpose for it, and were to delight in it, then it would suddenly be very special, wouldn’t it?
What am I among all the humans in the world, and all the humans in history, and all the humans who will come after me? Not much. But, the God of the universe, whose glory is higher than the heavens, has chosen me as His own, He has made me His child and given me His love in Christ Jesus, He cares for me, has created a special place for me in history, in the world, and in His Kingdom, and He delights in me. That makes me very special, indeed.
This is where we find our worth. We don’t find it in ourselves or in someone else, but in the One who is worthy and has crowned us with glory and honor.