Psalm 8: Great creation

When was the last time you stopped and stared at creation? 

It's great isn't it?!!  What do you think is the best bit of what God has made?

This psalm wonders at God's great creation and help puts things in perspective for us...

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

You have set your glory
    in the heavens.

Obviously, the psalm writer (King David again), acknowledges that God is the one who's responsible for creating everything that exists.  Not everyone accepts this these days, but it's still true.  God is not the "God of the gaps" - He's the best explanation for all that we DO KNOW, and see and hear and smell and taste and touch.  God's glory is in the glorious skies he made and his majesty is seen throughout this amazing world and universe.  It should be obvious to everyone that there's an amazing Creator God behind it all.   

David knows it.  Most people do.  Do you?

David continues...

Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.

Sometimes kids are quicker to acknowledge and praise God than adults are.  Adults can invent all sorts of ways to deny God and have all sorts of excuses not to praise him as God.  But when children know and love their Creator, not only do they show these adults up, they also make God's enemies - (the devil and demons) - quake and quiver! 
When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place, 
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?

As David considers the scale and beauty of what God has made, he ponders an important question that we all ask sooner or later.  'What are human beings?'  Of what consequence are we?  Why are we here?  What about me?  What's my place in the universe God has made?  What does my life mean?

David isn't asking out of ignorance though.  He knows God cares for him and that God cares for human beings.  His question isn't a lost and desperate longing for answers but an awestruck recognition of God's kindness to him and to all human beings...

You have made them a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them with glory and honour. 
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet: 
all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild, 
the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

David knows the best part of God's great creation is PEOPLE!  They're the only part of God's creation made in his own image to be like him and to reflect him in the world.  They have unique responsibility to share God's rule over creation - to protect and enjoy it.  Human beings are the most privileged part of God's creation because of how they've been made.  

It's no accident.  God loves us and created us to know him and share his rule over what he has made!

No wonder David finishes this psalm the same way he started it - with worship to the God he knows personally - the Great Creator...
Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Do you know God like this?  Through Jesus, you can!  Why not take some time this week to look out of the window for a while and talk God about his great creation and what he wants for you?  

And if you want to know more about knowing God personally, click here.  And of course, feel free to ask me any questions you like.  I'd be happy to help you any way I can! :)