The Work of God’s Fingers

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: Psalm 7-9; Acts 18

Lord, our Lord, how majestic
    is your name throughout the earth!
    You made your glory higher than heaven!
From the mouths of nursing babies
    you have laid a strong foundation
    because of your foes,
    in order to stop vengeful enemies.
When I look up at your skies,
    at what your fingers made—
    the moon and the stars
    that you set firmly in place—
        what are human beings
            that you think about them;
        what are human beings
            that you pay attention to them?
You’ve made them only slightly less than divine,
    crowning them with glory and grandeur.
You’ve let them rule over your handiwork,
    putting everything under their feet—
        all sheep and all cattle,
        the wild animals too,
        the birds in the sky,
        the fish of the ocean,
        everything that travels the pathways of the sea.
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name throughout the earth!

Psalm 8:1-9, Common English Bible

I love Psalm 8. I think it is my favorite of all the psalms. In this psalm, the psalmist praises God for the greatness of creation. Even more, the psalmist praises God for humanity’s role in the Creation. God’s providence and God’s wisdom are so present in the words of the psalmist.

“When I look up in the sky, the works of your fingers…” Imagine as you read this, being in a light poor area during the darkest hours of the night. Look at the stars. Even if we are looking at a small part of the sky, the stars are so numerous there is no way to count them all. Or, the vastness of the oceans and all the oceans hold can seem overwhelming. Back looking at the night sky, have you ever been in one of the meteor showers? Sometimes, those come faster and more numerous than we can count as well.

The psalmist asks a really good question, “What are human beings that you think about them, what are human beings that you pay attention to them?” My answer to the psalmist’s question is, “It’s not about us. God isn’t mindful of us because of who we are. God is mindful of us because of the nature of God. God is mindful of us because God loves us. God is mindful of us because God wants a relationship with us.”

It isn’t about you and me. This is all about the love of God. What are we, humans? We are a bunch of people, who are sinful creatures and who fall short of the glory of God. And, God loves us anyway. There is a word for that, GRACE. And praise God, there is more grace in God than there is sin in us.

As I read the psalm, particularly the last few verses, “You let them rule over your handiwork, putting everything under their feet…” When I hear the environmental news, I can’t help but think God might want to rethink the dominion over all the earth God entrusts to us. Quite frankly, we aren’t doing a very good job.

But then again, the psalmist reminds us of the goodness of God and the love we should have for God… “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

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