A SONG OF PRAISE
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?
The Bible is full of songs, and we sometimes read through the Bible without realizing or remembering this. In fact, the book of Psalms is a hymnbook. Each of the 150 psalms is a song written about (or written to) God. Our verses for today are part of Psalm 8, a song of praise written by David around three thousand years ago. In this psalm, David praises the Lord for who He is and what He does. And in our focal verses, David expresses wonder that the God who created the universe with his fingers would stoop down to notice, and even to visit, the multitude of sinful, weak, and needy humans in our wicked, fallen world.
1. In verse three of our scripture for today, David describes the heavens, the moon, and the stars as, “the work of God’s fingers.” What does this teach us about the scope of the Lord’s ability and strength?
2. In verse four, David exclaims to God, “What is man that You are mindful of him?” Do you ever feel insignificant and unnoticed by the Lord? Is that feeling accurate or not?
3. Also, in verse four, the psalmist David mentions the miracle that an infinite God would “visit” sinful men? Names some occasions in the Bible when God visited human beings. Why did God do this?
1. CONSIDER – As you read the Bible and hear it taught and preached, notice all the times when the Lord is exalted for His strength, power, and love. Don’t take Him for granted!
2. WONDER – Reflect on the power of the God in His infinite greatness, the gift of Christ and His endless love, and the presence of the Holy Spirit and His personal guidance. Don’t lose the wonder of it all!
3. PRAISE – We respond to the greatness of God by praising Him. Praise is exalting the Lord and focusing totally upon him. Praise is a reminder that it’s not about us; it is about Him!
Heavenly Father, thank you for the gift of being able to sense your greatness revealed through your word, your Spirit, and your creation. Even though we cannot fully comprehend the dimensions of your awesome power and love, what we do know should cause us to fall on our faces before you in praise, exaltation, and worship. What a blessing it is to stand in awe of You! You alone are worthy of praise and glory and honor, for You have created all things, that in all things You might be preeminent!