(1) God who governs the galaxy
Man on the earth is traveling through the universe along with the earth at a great speed of the earth’s rotation of about 0.46 km/ s (0.29 mi/ s, twice the speed of a passenger airplane), plus the speed of its revolution around the sun at about 30 km/ s (18.6 mi/ s, 3 times the speed of the fastest missile), plus the speed of the movement of our solar system around the galaxy at about 220 km/ s (136.7 mi/ s).
It is also known that the rotation of our galaxy around its center takes approximately 200 million years (1 cosmic year). The central hub of our rotating galaxy is an enormous black hole, an area of space with a gravitational field so intense that interstellar matters collapse together and are endlessly condensed. The black hole in our galaxy is approximately four million times larger than the sun and rotates at a speed close to the speed of light, causing space to rotate with it.
All of these phenomena are examples of how God “upholds all things by the Word of His power and preserves His creation” (Heb 1: 3). “Preserving” is God’s continuing work of maintaining all that He has created. Hence, the word uphold signifies the management of God’s creation in its preserved condition. If God takes away the Word of His power, the order of the entire universe will be destroyed in a moment (2 Pet 3: 10). From this we can witness the mercy and compassion of God, who is good to all. Isaac Newton described the force that pulls masses together as “universal gravitation.” The law of universal gravitation shows the power of God’s Word that upholds all bodies of the universe precisely in their orbits.
(2) The grand symphony of the stars in the universe
The report on the Cassini‐Huygens Mission put out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) reveals the existence of sound waves collected from the planet Saturn and its vicinity. Sound waves are produced when an object rotates at a fast rate. Unimaginably deafening sounds must resound between the infinite number of stars that rotate and move about at the tip of God’s fingers. The sound, however, is not a thundering noise but a harmonious song in God’s ears (Job 38: 7). Thus, the universe is a symphony of billions of sounds and instruments of the Great Sovereign.
Because man can only hear sounds within a limited range, we cannot hear the great symphony of the universe now. However, we will be able to praise the Lord accompanied by this cosmic symphony in the heavenly world (Rev 4: 10– 11; 5: 11– 14; 14: 3).
The psalmist describes this symphony of the universe in Psalm 19: 2, “Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.” The verb pours forth in this verse is in Hebrew and it means “to pour,” “to gush forth,” “to spring up,” or “to bubble up.” This signifies that all things in the heavens and on earth will praise God’s providence of creation during the day and will continue to pour forth His glory from day to day. Thus, in awe we must praise God that the divine order of the universe remains even when a day passes and another day comes. This divine order is according to the arrangement that God established during the creation (Gen 1:14) and according to the promise of preservation that God made with Noah and his family (Gen 8: 20– 22; 9: 11). This is what God called “My covenant for the day and My covenant for the night” through Jeremiah (Jer 33: 20).
(3) The perfect order and harmony of the universe
The entire universe is not in chaos, but is a world of complete order and perfect harmony under one God. This is so because the vast universe was created on the basis of perfect and precise design, and all things were arranged accurately in their own place according to the divine administration of God’s providence for salvation (Ps 103: 19; Prov 3: 19; Jer 10: 12).
It can be said that such orderly movement and beautiful harmony is a testimony to God’s greatness, faithfulness, and goodness for the salvation of fallen mankind. The alternation of night and day, the change of seasons, and the wondrous changes in the world of creation are proof that God’s mercy for the salvation of this world continues (Gen 8: 22; Deut 4: 19; Ps 136:5,9).
In Psalm 19: 1, the psalmist confessed, “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands,” and praise for the works of God’s hands has been sung without ceasing ever since the time of creation. God’s divinity is undeniably revealed as long as we are willing to witness it by opening our eyes and our ears to God’s providence of creation found in the “day” that consists of night and day (Rom 1: 20).