Psalm 8

“O Lord, our Lord, Your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens.” – Psalm 8:1 (NLT)

“When I look at the night sky and see the work of Your fingers – the moon and the stars You set in place – what are mere mortals that You should think about them, human beings that You should care for them?” – Psalm 8:3-4

How often do we hear/read these passages and not put any thought into them because they have become “cliche” in church culture? Specifically verse 1. How often do we just blow right by these words without a second thought concerning what they mean and the weight they carry? These passages are so powerful!

Verse 1 beautifully depicts in the most simple way just how wonderful and glorious the Lord is. The majesty of His name fills the earth. Creation is full of Him and His nature, and creation cries out and groans for Him! The Creator of all. The Bright Morning Star. The One who was, and is, and is still yet to come. His name is Jehovah, Yahweh. The undying Lord of all creation!

He is so wonderful and glorious that even the heavens are below Him. Do we understand the gravity of that? His glory is above the heavens. And the heavens are infinite! Can we, mere human beings, even begin to grasp the reality of this statement that David made? The God who created all things, who formed you and I in the wombs of our mothers, He is higher than all things and more powerful than anyone can ever imagine! This is the simplicity wrapped in the mysteries of God.

Then David takes it a step further, and he establishes the identity of every human being to ever walk the face of the earth! He references the moon and stars, which are such majestic lights in the night sky. But he says that despite even the wondrous glory found in these things, human beings still hold the thoughts and cares of God! We shouldn’t, because we are evil and corrupt. Yet God, having made mankind the pinnacle of all His creation, stills holds concern and thought for people.

This is the identity of mankind. Human beings. We were created by God in the likeness of God, and He created us as the most important part of all the things He created. He considers us more valuable and precious than even the moon and stars. David understood this, so he wrote it into a Psalm that is forever available to us. Yet we have so many in our world who don’t know their identity because no one is telling them. Instead of their identity being in the One who created the moon and the stars, they have turned to the moon and the stars themselves to find identity. We live in a world that uses the constellations as the arrow to who they are. And despite all of this, they still lack identity because what they find never satisfies their hearts.

Let is start in the church. Let the reality of our identity, the reality of who we are, be brought back to remembrance in the hearts and minds of believers. Then, in the authority and understanding of who we are, let us show others who they also are! All for the purpose of the Kingdom of Heaven.

“O Lord, our Lord, Your majestic name fills the earth!” – Psalm 8:9

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