“O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth,
who have set Your glory above the heavens!
2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have
ordained strength,because of Your enemies, that You may
silence the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which You have ordained.
4 What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of
man that You visit him?
5 For You have made him a little lower than angels, and
You crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have made him to have dominion over the works
of Your hands, You have put all things under his feet.
7 All sheep and oxen – even the beasts of the field.
8 The birds of the air and the fish of the sea that pass
through the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!”
Psalm 8 tells us that God created everything (the moon, the stars, the sky, the earth, human beings, animals, plants and all living and inanimate things on this earth). His creation tells us that He is powerful and awesome. Through His creation, His majesty fills the earth and His existence is undeniable. He is glorious and deserves all praises and honor. He is also a thoughtful, loving and caring God.
“When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers. The moon and all the stars you have set in place.” – Psalm 8:3
Let’s ponder on these facts: There are more than 170 billion galaxies in the observable universe. Each galaxy in turn is composed of billions of stars. Our galaxy (Milky Way) is 100,000 light years wide. A single light year is equals to six million miles. The galaxy nearest to us, Andromeda, is 2.5 million light years away. The most sophisticated telescope can pick up approximately 100 billion galaxies but beyond that, no one knows how many galaxies make up the universe. Can you even begin to imagine and visualize the vastness of the observable universe? Yet despite its unimaginable vastness Scriptures tell us in Isaiah 40:12 that God measures the universe in the span of His hand!
“You put us in charge of everything You made, giving us authority over all the things.” – Psalm 8:6
God gave us authority over the sheep and cattle, the birds in the skies and the fishes and everything that swims in the ocean. Many of them a delight to the eyes because of the variety, colors, details, and such intricateness. God is truly awesome and wonderful and without a doubt a great architect and artist.
Now consider another creation of God, the human being. David states the men of human being are mere mortals created by God. Yet God made human beings only a little lower than God and crowned him with glory and honor. Of all of God’s creation, God created the human beings in His image and likeness. We are the only creation with intelligence and more importantly a soul.
“For You made us only a little lower than God. And You crowned us with glory and honor.” – Psalm 8:5
Do you know how sophisticated and complex the human body is? Do you realize that just living or existing for one minute may feel like the simplest thing but what goes on inside our body is wonderfully complicated? Do you know that our body is doing a million different things to help keep us alive and we are not even aware of it?
David gave utmost praises to God because his heart and mind had marveled at the limitless grandeur of God and had given serious thought to the One who is self-sufficient, yet nevertheless was mindful and cared for man. And David’s meditation on God and on the universe caused him to exclaim, “What are mortals that You should care for us?” – Psalm 8:4. It moves us to think, who are we that God should care to know our name and would care to feel our hurts. Who are we that after seeing the sins in our hearts God would choose to look at us with love? Compared to His other creation we are insignificant.
As one describes us, we are like flowers that here today and withered tomorrow. We are vapor in the wind. yet despite our sinfulness, God hears us when we call and He catches us when we fall. Despite our sins, God picked us up so we can rise again, for we are His, because He has redeemed us with the precious blood of His Son, Jesus Christ.
John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” But who are we that God should sacrifice His only Son to die a painful and cruel death so that we may have eternal life?
When we think of God’s creation we are reminded of how miniscule and insignificant we are. But when we think of what Jesus has done to redeem us from our sins so that we can enjoy eternal life with Him, we are truly, truly awed and humbled, it compels us to say, “Oh Lord our Lord, truly Your majesty fills the earth and You deserve nothing but praises. Glory be to Your name forever and ever”.
Let’s just ask ourselves!
- Despite of being how insignificant we are, do we still have that Prideful heart? Are we often seeing ourselves as greater than others?
- When someone rebukes you because of your faith, do you still have that joy in serving the Lord and stand firm in your faith or you just quickly turn away from the presence of God?
- God redeemed us to have eternal life and you understood the gospel fully, but when was the last time you shared the gospel?