Look Up! | Psalm 8
Psalm 8 To the choirmaster: According to The Gittith. A Psalm of David 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! (ESV)
What comes to your mind when you hear the name Abraham Lincoln? Or Steve Jobs? Or Adolph Hitler? Names are more than a collection of letters. A name brings to our minds a person’s accomplishments and character; so it is with the name of God. In today’s psalm, we see that the name (accomplishments and character) of God is magnificent and filled with splendor. The Person of God is exalted above all creation. Here’s the amazing thing - the majestic God chooses to work through humans, people like you and me!
David marvels that God uses the weakest and most vulnerable to demonstrate his strength. Babies and infants prove that his miracle of mankind continues. David is astounded to think that the God who made the heavens thinks about humans. He crowned us with significance (“glory and honor”) and gives us the responsibility to rule over and take care of his creation.
When you are down, look up! The magnificent God has you on his mind. The Creator has chosen you as his representative. The maker of all things is the lover of our souls. God loves you so much that he sent his Son to pay sin’s penalty. Through Jesus you are significant! Accepted! Forgiven! Look up! God has his eyes focused on you.
Father, sometimes I can feel very insignificant. My identity gets wrapped up in things I have and things I do. I compare myself with others and feel far behind, but today I am looking up. I see you looking at me, loving me and living in me! I am blown away that you, the Creator of the heavens and earth, choose to work through me. Thank you for the privilege of representing you on this earth. In Jesus’ name. Amen.