Do you ever feel like God has forgotten about you and your troubles? Or perhaps he is too busy with other more important things than what’s going on in your life? After all he has his “God stuff” to worry about, and it might be that your tiny concerns (in comparison to his) have slipped off his “to-do” list? If you ever do feel like that, Psalm 147 offers some encouragements about his fatherly care:
“The Lord builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds.” (And then the next sentence is really important): “He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names.”
This is a wonderful reassurance. The psalmist is reminding us that God creates and sustains the stars - he knows each one by name. Do you know how many stars there are? 1000000000000000000000000. Roughly.
And so I guess the psalmist’s point is that if God can manage to take care of that many stars, he can probably manage to take care of his children too. No matter how many of us there might be, and how insignificant we might feel, there is no way that our name can ever fall off his to-do list (or his “take care of perfectly” list).
Thats something worth remembering over the Christmas break.