O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! ~ Psalm 8
There is just so much to love in this Psalm.
The celebration of creation!
The majesty and creativity and general awesomeness of God!
Humility about what it means to be human.
Yesterday we saw how God wants partners in the creation: partners with God and partners with each other. Here the Psalmist voices with amazement what that means.
And even though we are told that a mortals we have "dominion" over creation, it is clear from the beautiful wording that dominion is not meant to exploit, but to care for and to revel in.
In a time when there seems to be so much destruction of God's creation, what ways - with humility - are you being called to care for it?
O, Lord! How majestic is your name in all the earth! Amen