Daily Devotional: Psalms 8:1-9 (2)
Ps 8:1-9 (2)
1 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. 3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? 5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: 7 all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. 9 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
God made man just a little lower than the angels. When he made Adam and put him in the Garden, he had him name all of the animals. The name that Adam gave to each was the name by which they were called. But none of these provided a helper that was compatible for him. God took one of his ribs and made woman to be his companion and his wife. They were told to take care of all the plants in the garden and they were in harmony with all plants and animals. While this is an exalted position, it is still far below God and all of his myriads of angels.
Who knows the number of people that have lived on the earth and who are still to come? When we go to a big city and walk down the street in the crowd, we begin to feel so small and our life seems meaningless. We see crowds gather that are in the hundreds of thousands and any one person is so small that it seems no one would ever notice them. So who is man that God is mindful of him?
To put this question another way: who am I that God would notice me? Does he really see me and know what I face each day? Does the Supreme one understand what my life is like and all the troubles that confront me? Can he know what it is like to be shunned or to be mistreated? The answer to all of these is that God does see, he does know and he does understand. Yes, he knows you by name and he knows me. He cares about us and has promised to use his power to protect us and to prepare us to live with him in eternity where there are no problems.
O God, how majestic is your name in all the earth! What a wonderful blessing it is to know that you see me and you care about me. In reality, what I face each day (even on my worst day) is nothing compared to what Jesus suffered or even what so many, even now, suffer every day. So, keep me from engaging in a pity party for my problems. Help me fix my eyes on my blessings and on you and on helping others. Fill me with your love and mercy. I humbly pray in Jesus name.