He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Psalm 147:4
But, still, the clever scene got me thinking about stars and, subsequently, the glory of God as their Creator. According to some online resources, there are an estimated 100 billion stars in our galaxy alone. That is a LOT and that is only ONE galaxy. The number quoted for the estimated number in the Universe is beyond our comprehension.
Are you ready for this? God has named them ALL. You may have read quickly over the verse at the top of this post, but pause and take a minute to really think about it.
Wait there’s more! I came upon another verse about God’s distinctive relationship with His stars.
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing. Isaiah 40:26
Billions of stars. Billions of names. And not ONE is missing.
Our God is personal and relational. He speaks to the stars, calling them out by the very names He has taken time to give them.
Our God is methodical and intentional. He has not only named the stars, but He also brings them out in an orderly fashion, one by one.
Our God doesn’t make mistakes or grow weary. None of His stars will ever go missing because God dropped the ball or became too weak to hold the Universe together. No star will ever “burn out” because God is a little low on power. (Stars shine by burning hydrogen into helium, a process which God created and sustains) He is mighty and powerful beyond our understanding.
We don’t know the particular names God has given to His stars. But, collectively, I think their name is Glory.