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Week 7 Bible Reading: Psalm 139:1-18

Big Universe, Great God

You know when I sit down and when I get up. You know my thoughts before I think them. - Psalm 139:2 ICB

Our universe is amazing!

Did you know that the moon is spinning around us at nearly 2,300 miles an hour? That’s slow compared to our Earth, which is spinning around the sun at 66,000 MPH. And our universe is so big that our sun, which is ninety-three million miles away from us, is one of 200 billion other stars. And there are trillions more planets in our galaxy.

Wow! Our little Earth (which has a surface area of about 197 million square miles) is no bigger than a pebble in our vast universe! How small does that make us?

Yet you don’t have to feel small. You are important to God!

According to the Bible, the God of the galaxies pays attention to each microscopic one of us. He saw us before we existed (Psalm 139:13–16); He watches us as we go about our days, and He listens for our every thought (vv. 1–6).

When King David wrote Psalm 139, he was in a crisis (vv. 19–20). But he knew that God cared for him in a close, personal way: “You know when I sit down and when I get up,” David told God (v. 2 ICB).

The One who created the vast universe knows you. That can help you get through one of those days when you feel kind of puny.

Fun Fact

The United States has two spaceships, Voyager I and II, that have been traveling since 1977 and are more than twelve billion miles away from Earth and traveling more than 38,000 miles an hour. They have left our solar system!

Just You and God

Dear Father, I do feel small sometimes—like I don’t matter that much. But I’m going to trust you. You said you know all about me—and you care.

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