Words from the Heart for Saturday July 21st, 2018
He decides how many stars there should be. He gives each one of them a name.
Psalm 147:4 (NIRV)
He Gives Each a Name
This verse directs us not only to the starry heavens in which we see the handiwork of our God, it directs us to the powerful God who made it all. We have a special place in His heart. He loves us and knows each of us by name. Thank you, Lord, for loving us in such a personal way. What a blessing to belong to you.
There is no lack of interesting place names in Canada, but one of my favorites is Punkeydoodles Corner in Ontario. Punkeydoodles Corner is an unincorporated hamlet in southwestern Ontario known for its strange name and frequent sign theft. Although primarily located in the township of Wilmot, the hamlet also straddles the municipal boundaries with East Zorra – Tavistock and Perth East, placing it in three different counties. Some say it was named after a lazy pumpkin farmer by his frustrated wife.
As you look up into the summer night sky do you ever wonder how many stars there are in the vastness of space? Scientists estimate there are 10 billion galaxies in the observable universe, and there are 100 billion stars in each galaxy. If you do the math that means there are a mind boggling 1 billion trillion stars. While you are pondering that, let me read Psalm 147:4, “He decides how many stars there should be. He gives each one of them a name.” You never need to wonder about the ability of God to know you by name and to care about your deepest needs. If He is able to give names to 1 billion trillion stars, He can keep track of the 7 billion people living on this plane, including you. If He knows each of those stars by name, He knows you by name as well. He knows who you are and where you are. He knows your family, and the deepest longings of your heart. The next time you are feeling like God is a long way off and doesn’t care, look up into the night sky and be reminded of His care for you.
These have been words from the heart.