Dear Logos Flock,
O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is your name in all the earth!
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
What is man that you are mindful of him,
And the son of man that you care for him?
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen,
And also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes along the paths of the seas. Ps 8:1, 3-4, 6-9 (ESV)
Jennifer and I just returned from a three-night camping trip around the “Cascade Loop.” We highly recommend it if you like breathtaking scenery. The stretch along highway 20 through the North Cascades National Park is particularly spectacular. It definitely rivals Glacier National Park in Montana considered by many to be the most scenic National Park in America.
The psalmist reflects on the majestic nature of God and the work of his “fingers.” None of it is by accident. He has carefully set the moon and stars in their respective places. We know how accurately our solar system is constructed with the planets orbiting around the sun and the earth perfectly situated for animal and human life.
The creation gives evidence to the existence of God. We call this “general revelation.” How can you look at the world and the universe and all of its exquisite beauty and not be convinced that a higher power had a hand in its formation!
Yet even with all this grand creativity the psalmist muses “what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” Even more impressive than the beauty of creation is man and the role God has assigned him. He has dominion over the all the works of God!
When God created the heavens and the earth, He said it was “good.” (Genesis 1:25) But when he created man he said this was “very good.” (Genesis 1:31) Sometimes I forget this when I watch and listen to all the chaos going on in our country right now. I can easily lose God’s perspective that man is “very good” despite his fallen nature. Which is a good reminder for me to keep my mind focused on Jesus, the “author and perfecter of our faith.” (Hebrews 12:2)
Grace and peace,