“For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD? Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,” (Psalm 89:6 NRSV)
Recently, my wife and I took vacation in Washington State to visit her son and his girl friend (and meet her family). We took big jets to get there and back. I have noticed I usually get nervous before a flight. My mind plays mental videos of terrible scenarios. It also plays tapes of my last day alive. I try to counter those with positive thoughts about the number of people who are delivered safely from airport to airport each and every day. An estimated 30,000 flights take place every day just in the US. Worldwide it is estimated to be about 50,000 flights with around one million people in the air during a twenty four hour period. That’s a lot of human beings up there! Think of all the elected officials, sports players, movie stars, business and religious leaders up there winging through the skies each day.
When the man who wrote this psalm lived three thousand years ago, he had no idea of human flight. He was likely thinking of angels. Still his point is a good one. All the angels (and today people whizzing around the skies) cannot be compared to the Lord. He is infinite, we are finite, created just like the angels. He is perfect in all he does and says, we make mistakes all the time. We have beauty that fades, His radiating glory has never and will never diminish. He made the heavens, we have navigated only a minute fraction of them. His love is eternal, our love is fickle.
Take a look up in the skies today and imagine all those people flying around. Then in your mind, move above all that traffic to the vast reaches of the universe. Above all of that and even all the angels is the Lord who is beyond comparison, but not beyond loving. With our finite minds, we miraculously sense the beauty and incomparable love of our Lord and our God. How does that make you feel?