Saturday, February 24, 2007

Psalms Sunday - Psalm 8

New King James Version (NKJV)

Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Psalm 8

To the Chief Musician. On the instrument of Gath.[a] A Psalm of David.
 1 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 the angels,[b]
         And You have 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!

How magnificent is our God!!!!! I am sure we have all had those moments where we are just truly in awe of His creation. The evening sky where I live is breathtaking. You can see so many stars. My daughter loves when we leave the house at night and she can look up at the moon and the stars. There was one time when I was rushing her into the car and she informed me that she needed a minute. "I am looking at the moon and stars mommy." I looked over at her and she was standing so still...neck back...eyes wide open...staring.

I love how this Psalm has us focus for a moment on just how amazing God is. And I love how it brings us to that realization that He chose to create us, to be with us, to love us, to send His son to die for us. And who are we compared to God? And why oh why do we try to be our own God?

With all He has done for us. With all He has provided for us. Why do we not give Him every moment, every breath? He has given us dominion. It is a gift. Are we using it properly?

Let us be reminded to focus on God, to praise God always for all He has given us and for His amazing and breathtaking creation. Praise Him for the morning's painted sky. Praise Him for the freshly fallen dew. Praise Him for each unique snowflake lining the window pane. Praise Him for the bright full moon and the starry night sky.

And then look at your own life. Look at how you spend your time. Look at how you give for Him. How are you choosing to use your gift?