The Cry of a Heart // Psalm 8

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Psalm 8,

O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you.

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?

Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority—the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents.

O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

By His own hands, God shaped the universe. With His fingers, he placed the moon, sun, and stars exactly where He wanted them to go. He fashioned this earth with its mountain peaks, deepest oceans, and every living thing. There was no creation too big or too small for our great God. He was and is capable of it all!

Up till this point, the psalms we have studied have had a common theme of distress and discouragement. The psalmist writes from a difficult place in a tough season and he cries out to God for relief. In each, he recounts that God sees and hears him.

Today we come across a different psalm; one not from a place of pain but from a place of praise. David is reflecting on the goodness and greatness of the Lord, who reigns forever and ever. 

It's good and indeed necessary to take times of reflection on Who made all of this to be. To recognize all that God has done in the creation of the universe. But more than that--He created us in His image. 

Furthermore, what honor to serve just below God. So undeservingly and unworthy to be given dominion over the earth. David is in awe as he reflects on Who God is and what He has gifted us with.

Today, if you're reading this, I believe God is calling you to reflect on Him and His holy power. His unmatched authority. His attention to all creation.  His love for us--for YOU. In the vast expanse of the universe. He sees you and knows you. He cares deeply and uniquely for you. As David did in this psalm, bask in His love for you!

When I contemplate on this psalm I think of a message I watched many years ago by Louie Giglio. He describes in incredible detail the work of our Creator in fashioning the universe; it's a must watch! Below is the video:

Click the image above to download the free scripture print for this series! It's a great way to memorize an encouraging verse while staying in tuned with the series.

One of my favorite worship albums of all time is one put out by the ladies of the Red Rocks Church worship team. It's 4 songs developed out of their favorite psalms and it's some of the most beautiful music I've ever heard! Click on the album to purchase it at itunes.