Reading: Psalm 8
Verse 1b: You have set your glory above the heavens.
Today’s Psalm makes me think of the beauty of the night sky. To look up into the vastness and see all that God has created stirs up praise inside of me. I too want to shout out, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth”! Yes, we can begin to get the feeling of God’s majesty when we take time to think of all the plant and animal species that He created. But to me, God’s majesty is most evident in the night sky. In one moment, I can see millions and millions of stars plus planets and moons, all created uniquely and individually by our Lord.
Each winter for many years I would go winter camping with a friend. Often we were the only people in the remote campground. We were far away from the city lights that wash out some of the night sky. Late at night, on those coldest nights with the crisp, clear air, the sky came alive to me. The lack of earthly, human light allows you to see so many more stars… It is not that they were not there before; it was that I just couldn’t see the because of all of the light pollution. Then, in the stillness and solitude of that campground, “You have set your glory above the heavens” really comes alive. How majestic is Your name!
In verse three the psalmist acknowledges the majesty we see in the heavens, the work of God’s hands. But then he quickly turns to us – mankind. The psalmist writes, “What is man that you are mindful of him…”. Just as God created each of those billions of heavenly bodies, He created you and me as well. It is a humbling thought. To recall the power and majesty of the night sky in all of its glory and brilliance and then to think that God created me – it is very humbling. Verse four goes on, “that you care for him?”. Created by and loved by our majestic God. Wow.