I am told that with the naked eye we can see about 5,000 stars. With a home-style telescope, about 2,000,000 come into view. The Palomar telescope, located atop Palomar Mountain in north San Diego County, California, enlarges our vision to billions and billions. The British physicist, astronomer and mathematician, Sir James Jeans, said that there are probably as many stars as there are grains of sand on all the beaches of the world. Yet the stars are not crowded together. Rather they are like lonely lightships on an ocean without shores. Still, our God sees them all and calls them all by name. “He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: His understanding is infinite” (Psalm 147:4-5).
Wonder of wonders, He also sees me, calls me by name, and understands me as no other ever could. He assures me, “I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art Mine” (Isaiah 43:1). And again, “He calleth His own sheep by name, and leadeth them out” (John 10:3). How wonderful it is to have a personal relationship with the God of the universe.