He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.

Psalm 147:4 NIV

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Naming the Stars

The Geographic Names Board of Canada is part of the Department of Natural Resources. The precursor of the Board, the Geographic Board of Canada, was created in 1897 by the federal government to approve and standardize the writing of Canadian geographical names. Initially, the Geographic Board of Canada had sole authority for naming geographical entities. Today, the Geographic Names Board retains a central co-ordinating role with respect to the treatment of Canadian and foreign place names in federal maps and documents.


If you’re like the rest of us, you have a hard time remembering names. We meet so many people every day, it’s difficult to remember everybody. It has been said that the most a normal person can remember and connect with is about 150 people. What a difference with the God who created the universe. King David, who ruled a nation of millions, knew that it was impossible for him to remember everybody. But this is what he said about God in Psalm 147:4: “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” The number of humans is finite – we can approximate the number of people on the planet. But stars are infinite. No one knows how many there are because the universe goes on ad infinitum. And God names each of them and knows each of them. If He can do that with stars, He can certainly do that with people – and with you. Jesus knew the name of the people with whom He interacted, even before He had been formally introduced to them. He knows your name as well. He knows all about you and He loves you dearly.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley