When I look at the night sky and see the work of Your fingers—the moon and the stars You set in place—what are mere mortals that You should think about them, human beings that You should care for them? (Psalm 8:3-4)
David is in total awe of God’s creation. In fact, this entire text points out how David saw God in all of creation, as he exclaims, “O Lord, our Lord, Your majestic name fills the earth,” to begin and end this chapter in the Book of Psalms. Even more so, David is amazed that, even though God created everything he saw, and despite how vulnerable humans are, God chose to care for us anyway.
I don’t blame David for being awestruck. Think about it for a moment. The Author of the Universe—the Creator of all things—thinks about and cares for us! Doesn’t the Book of James even say that, “you are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes” (4:14). Why would God care so much for us and, even more, He “crowned us with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:5) when He created us in His very own image. There are just some things about God that I cannot wrap my head around. I think that’s exactly the point. “What are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?” It has little to do with who we are and everything to do with who He is. He is Lord of all (Acts 10:36). He is Healer (Exodus 15:26). He is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11). He is Love (1 John 4:16). Yes, He is all these things and more.
As I think about this, I realize that this finding can serve in one of two ways. We all probably think too highly of ourselves from time to time. In those moments, I would challenge you to gaze into the night sky, knowing immensely more of what is out in space than David ever did, and recognize how truly vulnerable we all are. More times than not, you probably ask yourself the following question: “Am I, (fill in the blank), enough?” In those moments, I pray you will be encouraged. The same God, who set the moon and stars in place, cares for you and holds you in place. Allow Him to give you His peace in whatever season of life you’re in.
Father, thank you, first, for the ability to confidently cry out to You as ‘Father,’ because that’s who You are to us. Even though we are so seemingly insignificant, You call us Your sons and Your daughters. We are so honored that You would call us Your own. Help us, Lord, to walk humbly with You and to never forget all You have done for us. Give us Your peace and joy today, as we choose to recognize that it’s not about who we are, but it is all about who You are. We are awestruck by You! Amen.
Pastor Kristin Gentry