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Psalm 8: BIG.

Psalm 8 For the director of music. According to gittith. A psalm of David.

Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory in the heavens. Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

The universe is big. I probably don't have to tell you that. But HOW big it is can get lost on us. Here is a picture of the earth from space:





You can probably see generally where you live in this picture (kinda...if you squint). Now let's take a few steps back, here is the Milky Way Galaxy:


That little speck is our solar system. Not the earth, but the entire solar system (the sun, the other planets, kinda Pluto). Now here is the best picture we have of the "universe:"


Ultimately, it is impossible to get an image of the entire universe, but this will do. All of those little lights are different galaxies. All of these are a part of God's creation.


When we look at pictures like these, we can often feel "small." God created these huge gigantic creation, why would He care for little me? How am I significant?


David didn't have these epic telescopes and satellites to see all of the wonders of God's creation. All he had to do was look up. Where we live there is quite a bit of what we call "light pollution" that prevents us from seeing the stars in the sky. David didn't have any issue with street lights or skyscrapers or florescent billboards obstructing his view. If you've ever been camping before, you know what I mean. Just looking up and seeing all of the lights God has created, it is a wondrous experience.


David too felt this "too small" mindset.


When I consider your heavens,

the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars,

which you have set in place,

what is mankind that you are mindful of them,

human beings that you care for them?


David asks of God, why do you care about human? Why do you even think of us let alone care for us when we're so insignificant? But David continues and says...


You have made them a little lower than the angels

and crowned them with glory and honor.

You made them rulers over the works of your hands;

you put everything under their feet:


Despite how small and insignificant we may seem, God still chose us. God crowns us with glory and honor. We are the only part of His good creation that are made in His Image. Imago Dei. Part of what it means to be made in God's Image is to rule creation with God. This was the command that God gave to Adam and Eve in the Garden, and it continues to this day. God wants to be co-rulers with Him in what He has created.


We are small, but out of His love, God still chooses us to be partners with Him.


Challenge: Spend some time wondering at God's creation. Go outside and explore. Look up pictures or videos online. Spend time marveling at all He has done. When you pray, thank Him for His creation, name specific things that He has created that you think are incredible, and admit your weakness. The good news is that while we may seem weak, God is strong and is prepared to partner with us in the care of His world.


-Tim

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