Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Love that Names the Stars

He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.—Psalm 147:4

There are about 400 billion stars in our galaxy—what we call the Milky Way. (If you started counting stars in our galaxy this moment and counted 24/7 without eating or sleeping, it would take you 400 years to count to 400 billion.)

Several years ago two astronomers in Baltimore, Md. bought time on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope and conducted what they called the Hubble Deep Field Study: They took a 6100-hour exposure of a small patch of sky near the Big Dipper that appeared to be devoid of stars and discovered over 3000 galaxies (not stars). Based on that discovery, astronomers now estimate that there are more than a trillion galaxies in the cosmos, each containing billions of stars. The number of stars is beyond computation, a number so vast astronomers no longer name newly discovered stars; they give them numbers (PSR B1257+12).

God, on the other hand, gives each star a name.

If God knows and names the stars in the universe will He ever forget your name?

David Roper

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