Context: Mathew Henry says of this Psalm: God is to be glorified, for making known himself to us. (1,2) And for making even the heavenly bodies useful to man, thereby placing him (man) but little lower than the angels. (3-9)
I am old enough to remember the days before space exploration when we as kids would look to the stars and dream of reaching out and touching them. When the USSR launched Sputnik on October 4, 1957, the idea of reaching them no longer seemed so far-fetched. Then with the famous words of Neil Armstrong on 20 July 1969 of “One giant leap for mankind” even the moon seemed like just a stone’s throw away.
I was definitely not a “Christian” then, nothing more than a nominal Catholic at best, but I still gazed at the moon and stars in awe of the expanse and magnitude of their glory. I look back at those times now and see the hand of God preparing this hard head for later years of submission. The scope of the heavens reminding me of my place in the universe and the kingdom.
I still look at the heavens at night in awe, how could such a masterpiece be created? I know the answer of course but for someone who flunked stick people in art class, it is simply beyond comprehension and most comforting that in their vastness God knows my name.