Wednesday, June 14

Psalm 8

How Majestic Is Your Name

To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.

8 O Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
2     Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
    to still the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I look at 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,
    and the son of man that you care for him?

5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings[b]
    and crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under his feet,
7 all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9 O Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Reflection

To know that one is loved and cared for, I believe, is the greatest gift a person can ever receive. It’s the most important gift that parents give to their children. It’s the most important gift that spouses share with one another in marriage. It’s certainly the most important gift that God shared with each of us. God loves us. God cares for us. God holds us and values us beyond com- pare. What an indescribable gift!

In today’s reading from Psalm 8, the psalm writer stands in awe of the vast grandeur of God’s creation. The psalmist is over- whelmed by the bigness of it all. And yet, what is even more overwhelming is the promise that in the midst of the bigness of God’s creation, God chooses to love us! God chooses to love me! God chooses to love you!

Some years ago now, I came to the realization that the purpose of our lives on this earth is simply to let God love us. God the Father created us out of love. God, in Christ Jesus, redeemed us out of love. God, the Holy Spirit, empowers and sustains us out of love. We are here so that God might love us and so that, through God’s love, we might in turn love one another. Stand in awe this day of the bigness of God’s never-ending love for you.

Prayer

Holy God, your love for us is overwhelming. We praise and wor- ship you for the gift of knowing that we are loved and care for NO MATTER WHAT! In Jesus’ name, Amen.