It's amazing to see how stars are woven through the fabric of the Scriptures, both before and after Christ's birth. The Lord has used stars as figurative pictures and bold promises to speak to Israel. Let's explore some of the Bible passages that speak of stars and see what treasures we can find!
I see him, but not now;
This verse is a warning against idol worship. We live in a day now when creation is upheld more important than the Creator Himself. People care so much for the earth, for the solar system, for the plants and animals and the sun and atmosphere, that they begin to make all of that their gods, forgetting the God who holds the universe in His hands. We must beware in our own hearts of committing such idolatry. Yes, we are called to take care of this planet and be good stewards of this world, because it is commanded by God, for it belongs to Him. However, we are never to lift our eyes in worship of the creation instead of the Divine Creator.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
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?
We looked at the first part of this passage yesterday, remembering that God is praised through the mouths of infants and children...but all of creation cries out the glory of God, and when we look to the heavens and see the shining stars, we are reminded of how small we are in His vast glory and greatness! I am truly humbled and in awe that the Lord personally cares for me when I observe His incredible creation. (One of the reminders of this is when I am on a flight and see the incredible sky at nighttime from the window of a plane- it gets me every time!).
to him who made the great lights,
He heals the brokenhearted
This is one of my all-time favorite Psalms, so much so, that in college I wrote a song after it called "Fear to Fall". When my heart feels wounded, all I need to do is look up into the stars, be reminded of God's sovereign power and love, and allow Him to minister healing and comfort to my soul. We have nothing to fear when we fix our eyes on Jesus.
Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his hosts!
Praise him, sun and moon,
praise him, all you shining stars!
Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!
Thus says the ,
“‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah
are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;
for from you shall come a ruler