Knowing Christ in Psalm 8 (part 1 of 3)


“O Lord, our Lord,
      how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
     Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
     to still the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
     the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
     and the son of man that you care for him?
Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
     and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
     you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
     and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
     whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord,
     how majestic is your name in all the earth!” Psalm 8:1-9

Have you ever stood in front of an ocean and just marveled at it power? Have you ever looked at the stars, billions of miles away, and imagine the enormity of our universe? There is something in us that longs for these moments, that wants to be amazed by things so much bigger and more powerful than us…

We we created to worship.

God has put eternity into our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11) and has made all of creation a testimony to His existence (Romans 1:20). Consider all that God has created: all the mysteries of deep space and ocean depths, the majesty of mountains and canyons, every strange creature both big and small. All this He spoke into existence, but man and woman, He formed with His hands and breathed His breath into him. He has knit child after child together in the womb (Psalm 139:13) throughout the ages, until He eventually reached…you.

Despite all the suffering we have seen David go through in the Psalms so far, he is still able to, in an instant, be just completely swept off his feet by our amazing God. This is joy in the midst of suffering. This is seeing past trials and struggles to see eternal truths. This is gazing at the beauty and power of God. When we get a glimpse of God, everything else fades away, and we realize that it is an astounding measure of grace that He would even consider us, that He would think of us, that our names would be on His lips.

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

“There is not one blade of grass, there is no color in this world that is not intended to make us rejoice.” John Calvin


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