“Modern people, though they cherish great thoughts of themselves, have as a rule small thoughts about God.” – J.I. Packer
Below is a piece from a 2003 sermon on Psalm 8 by John Folmar, where he talks about how God’s majesty is demonstrated through the splendor of the heavens:
“Think with me for a moment about the splendor of a star. Just this past week, scientists detected a cluster of sunspots on the surface of the sun. They are like a hurricane, or a violent storm on the surface of the sun. And these sun spots, while they were just a speck on the sun’s surface, were larger than ten earths put together. They were enormous. And these spots together produced an explosive release of billions of tons of particles and energy and gas, and that release escaped from the gravitational pull of the sun, and started moving straight toward the earth at almost five million miles per hour. In time it got to the earth, and it created disturbances to radio transmissions and electromagnetic work here on the earth, even though we’re 93 million miles away. But those enormous sun storms that produced changes even here on earth were just a speck on the massive orb of flaming energy that is the sun. And within the Milky Way galaxy, there are two hundred or three hundred billion such suns. One of which, called Eta Carinae, is five million times brighter than our sun. And there are countless other galaxies. We keep learning about more, as the Hubble Space Telescope sends back infrared images of faint galaxies on the outer reaches of the universe 12 billion light-years away. It seems that the universe continues to expand. And all of this is the work of God’s finger. Look with me at verse three:
‘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)
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So God’s glory is demonstrated through the splendor of the heavens.
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Ask yourself two questions:
1. Do you meditate on the great works of God? David did. He said, ‘When I consider your heavens.’ What do you meditate on, say when you’re stopped at the stoplight idling? What does your mind naturally incline toward? The great works of God?
2. Or ask yourself this question: Are there idols that you secretly cherish that interfere with your intimacy and knowledge of God? Is there sin in your life that Satan exploits, whispering in your ear, ‘You don’t have the right to meditate on the great works of God and exult in Him. You’re a failed sinner.’ Friends, if this is you, listen to these words from C.H. Spurgeon: ‘Would you lose your sorrow? Would you drown your cares? Then go, plunge yourself in Godhead’s deepest sea. Be lost in His immensity, and you shall come forth as from a couch of rest, refreshed and invigorated.'”