Yesterday I had the pleasure of teaching a class covering Psalm 8. In it, David remarks with wonder as he considers the vast and beautiful creation of God. Interestingly, never once does the Psalmist—or any other writer of the Bible, for that matter—pause to offer a scientific argument for the existence of God. You won’t read any philosophical or logic-based arguments either. The Bible presumes God “is” because of course He is; who else could have made everything and done everything that He did?
The idea that everything came from nothing is laughable and the early writers rightly would have laughed at it.
It’s remarkable to me that skeptics say that earth is a one in a billion chance-product, the happy (lucky) recipients of all the breaks that led to our being just far enough away from our sun not to burn up, and just close enough not to freeze, with a moon just close enough to effect our tides just enough not to send us living on mountain tops, etc. We’re a planet with oxygen, water and land, animals to consume, culture, art, entertainment, intelligence, etc. We’ve got it all.
And as you zoom out from the earth to consider our place in the solar system you realize how unique our planet is. Zoom out further to see our planet’s place compared to all the other planets and stars in our galaxy’s Alpha Quadrant and we’re even more unique. Zoom out more and consider the whole Milky Way Galaxy and, as far as we know, we remain entirely unique. Countless other galaxies exist, yet so far as we know, there’s only us.
Skeptics, on the one hand say “we’re nothing special; we’re just products of evolution and a series of lucky breaks.”
On the other hand, those same skeptics says “there’s nothing like us…anywhere else.”
So what gives? Are we special or aren’t we? David says we are…
“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”
David says “this universe is amazing, therefore something amazing made it so.” That same God who made this amazing universe made you, and called you the crown-jewel of His creation. Of all the things He made, He made you in His image.
That means you’re special.
Now go glorify the God who made you that way!