Today I was reading Leviticus 9 about the time when all of the tabernacle preparations had been completed, the first burnt offerings had been made, and the people shouted and fell on their faces in response to the glory of the Lord that appeared to them there. This scene made me think about the sense of awe that I’ve felt today looking at the new photos released from the James Webb Space Telescope. The breathtaking beauty of far away galaxies makes me feel something akin to the Israelites so long ago when they shouted and fell to their faces.

Carina Nebula,

We cannot fully grasp the glory of the Lord, and it fills us with a wonder we can’t contain. I have never seen God’s glory in the same sense that the Israelites did as they wandered in the wilderness, led by the cloud and the fire. But when I see the absolute wonders to be found deep in outer space, in the depths of the ocean, and in the expanse of mountains or the Grand Canyon, I am moved beyond words. The vast, creative God who wove together all of these great mysteries is the same God who loves us and seeks us today. What an incredible thought!

You, LORD, are the only God. You created the heavens, the highest heavens with all their stars, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them, and all the stars of heaven worship you.

Nehemiah 9:6 (Christian Standard Bible)