1 LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
I wasn’t happy it snowed on the second day of spring. Yet, the beauty of newly fallen snow always makes me pause. This world is a beautiful place, especially when the light shines and pushes back the darkness. I spent Thursday morning sledding and having a snowball fight with my kids, their voices of laughter and joy joining the breeze and melting snow to praise our Creator.
Psalm 8, like many Psalms (and much Hebrew literature) begins and ends in the same place. Verses 7-9, about animals praising God, are parallel to verses 1-2. The big point then comes in the middle, verses 3-6:
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 mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
5 You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet.
Why are insignificant humans so important to God? What sets us apart? Why do we get to care for God’s creation as God’s representatives? The simplest answer is love – God created us in love and gave us tasks to complete (caring for and cultivating creation) that help us grow into who we were meant to be.
Beyond that, the early Christians saw these verses pointing to Jesus. Jesus reigns over all creation both present (Ephesians 1:22; Hebrews 2:5-9) and future (1 Corinthians 15:27). Jesus is both fully God and fully human. Further, in his perfection, Jesus is the first and still only true and full human. As we become more who we were meant to be, which is more like Jesus, we are more able to care and love the world.
How are you praising God this weekend for the beauty around you?
In what way are you caring for the world, bringing light into the darkness?