Not just spiritually but physically.
Why? Well, David says it like this…
When I look at the night sky and see the work of Your fingers—Psalm 8:3–4
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?
When you and I look up and see the vastness of the heavens we realize how small we are . . . not so we can think of ourselves as insignificant or unimportant but so we can focus on the greatness, the majesty, of God. Just think about it . . . the God of the universe loves us and gave Himself for us.
He sees you. He loves you. He gave Himself for you.
He spoke the words and all of creation came into being. Every star in the sky, every unique and unusual animal, every colorful bird, and every creature in the sea. Every tree, plant, and blade of grass. Everything with the exception of men and women.
He didn’t just speak the first man and woman into existence . . . God got his hands dirty.
Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.Genesis 2:7
And He personally breathed “the breath of life” into Adam. And He personally created Eve out of Adam’s rib.
Then He proclaimed that men and women are created in “His own image.”
So God created human beings in His own image.Genesis 1:27
In the image of God He created them;
male and female He created them.
He made human beings, you and me, as a reflection of His glory and gave us the ability to reflect His love. And He gave us the responsibility of caring for each other and for His creation…
The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it.Genesis 2:15
David added this…
You gave them charge of everything You made,Psalm 8:6–8
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.
We are to take care of our world because the Creator gave us that responsibility. We don’t need to be afraid of the future of the planet . . . God is sovereign and He has a plan for all that He has made.
But we do have the responsibility of being good stewards.
A steward is defined as someone who manages someone else’s property or finances. And that’s you and me. Everything around us belongs to the Lord, we are merely stewards of it while we are here.
So, let’s pause and look at the beautiful world He created for us.
Look up! See the stars, the stages of the moon, and the vastness of the universe.
Look around! See mountains, oceans, waterfalls, trees, flowers, birds, fish, and animals.
Let’s walk away from technology for a moment and see the majesty of all that God has made.
A Prayer to See God’s Majesty in His Creation
Father, You have given us such an amazing and beautiful world. You could have made it flat and boring but You gave us mountains, seashores, and forests. Lions, tigers, giraffes, squirrels, koalas, pandas . . . an endless list of critters. You could have made it in shades of gray but you gave us millions of shades of beautiful colors on flowers, birds, and fish in the sea. Everything You made reflects Your glory.
Yet, we have failed to care for it the way You commanded. We are not the stewards You want us to be. We don’t take care of Your creation or one another the way we should. We are so sorry. Please forgive us.
Please move in my heart and mind to set down my devices and look up! Remind me to look around and see the beauty You created. Make me mindful of Your sovereign majesty in ways that keep me humble before You.
You are so great, yet You consider me precious and valuable. You made us in Your image and David wrote that You “crowned us with glory and honor” because You made us in Your image. (Psalm 8:5) You have given us the responsibility of humbly caring for people, creatures, land, and sea so that Your glory might be seen in all that You have made.
Please help us! Please help me! In Jesus’ name, I ask that You might work in me and through me for the honor of Your holy name. Amen.
There have been many beautiful songs written based on the first verse of Psalm 8.
O Lord, our Lord, Your majestic name fills the earth!Psalm 8:1
Your glory is higher than the heavens.
Our God is majestic! He is glorious! He is sovereign!
And He thinks about and cares for you and me!
The Life Application Bible Notes introduce Psalm 8 with these words…
The greatness of God assures the worth of mankind. God, the all-powerful Creator, cares for His most valuable creation—people.
May you be blessed today as you look up and reflect on God’s creative power and intimate love.
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