Going Deeper 6-12-19

‚ÄčThe Psalm for Trinity Sunday...
Psalm 8   O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  You have set your glory above the heavens.  Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.  When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?  Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.  You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.  O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

As someone who very much enjoys gazing into the heavens and contemplating the immenseness and complexity of the universe, this is one of my favorite Psalms.  I am especially fond of those middle verses: "When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?"   Indeed, when one considers the seeming endlessness of space, it helps us begin to see how incomprehensible our Creator truly is.  Way too much for this finite mind to comprehend!!

For example, think about the red giant star Betelgeuse.  It is so large that if our sun could be placed at its center, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, and Jupiter could still orbit the sun within Betelgeuse.  This makes me feel even smaller than the time the CSU women's volleyball team walked past me!!

Contemplating the transcendence of our Creator can certainly humble us and make us feel insignificant.  But Psalm 8 does not go there.  Instead, we are pointed to the truth that this awesome God is not only "mindful of" us but created us just a little lower than God and the angels, and "crowned [us] with glory and honor."  Also, God has given us dominion over (and responsibility for!) His creation.  What an honor!

Humility is a good and important thing.  But there needs to be a counter-balancing realization of the tremendous honor we have been given to be created in God's image and given opportunity to enjoy and care for His wonderful creation.  We really do have a lot of great potential!!

With You in Him,

Mark Gabbert, Pastor
Zion Lutheran Church
Wellington, Colorado

"No one cares how much you know until they know how much you care."