Scripture: O Lord, our Lord: How majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Ps 8:1-4
Observation: Ever notice that some statements that the Psalmist makes don’t seem like the belong in a consistent thought?
Analysis: The cry of babies and infants; strength is established. Why? Because of the foes, the enemy, the avenger.
Why is that? The thought comes to my noggin that God is mindful of the helpless.
It isn’t that the Psalmist is recording the whys and wherefores, or the how’s and what a person should expect point by point. It is that He is overall involved.
John Piper pointed this out in one of his messages: “When I look at your heavens” and all of the heaven’s majesty and complexity, they are “finger work”— “…the work of your fingers.” The implication is that the heavens were formed with minimal work effort. Impressive. And look at this: God is mindful of Man. And so much more that it surpasses the “finger work” of the heavens.
The Psalmist is in awe.
Am I “in awe” or am I presumptuous of God? Depends on my attitude of what I deserve, I suppose. If I think I deserve being “minded” about, then I start to think that God is obligating Himself to treat me favorably. I hear echoes of this in the folks who parade about “I am made in the image of God! Hoorah!”
Hammer point: The “in awe” guy thinks like the taxpayer: “Be merciful to me O God, a sinner.”
Prayer: O Lord, how majestic is your Name in all the earth. How I want my eye to be clear in this and wake up every morning declaring that. You are awesome, O God. AMEN