Man suffers from two equally fallacious mental tendencies: (1) to see ourselves as the center of the universe, to deify ourselves, to use all our energy to manipulate circumstances and others to focus on us, or (2) to see ourselves as insignificant, as pawns in an infinite cosmos, of no ultimate value to anyone. Both self-deification and self-denigration are equally sinful.
The Bible teaches that we are made in the image and likeness of God, that we are invited into His family to become co-heirs with Christ, that our lives matter greatly. Though fallen, we are redeemable and can find forgiveness and cleansing for our wrong-doings.
The greatness of the universe is a commentary on the bigness of God and the smallness of man who seeks to take God’s place. But the Bible says we are of great value to God. Calvin, as he gazed up into the vast expanse of the universe, should have worshiped not himself or the creation, but the Creator, don’t you think?