We began our 2016 at church with a sermon on Psalm 1. In recent days, we have discussed the importance of the psalms in helping us grow relationally with the Lord. The psalms influence and even fuel our prayer lives, and prayer is the foundation of our relationship with God. Actually, the psalms are, in many cases, prayers. Therefore, Friendship is providing you with this periodic devotional material based on the psalms. We encourage you to have your Bible open to the book of Psalms as you work through each devotion. Today we look at Psalm 8.
“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!” This psalm begins and ends with these words. I remember them well, hearing my choir sing those words multiple times at the church in which I grew up. God is mighty. He is all-powerful. Many of us would hear such a thing and think, “Well, of course! I’ve believed that for some time now.” But there is a difference between believing in something and experiencing that thing. I believe Whataburger makes one of the best hamburgers in the state of Texas, but that belief is fueled by all the times I have eaten there!
Verse three contains a very important word: “consider”. We would do well to consider all that God has done. Out here in the countryside where our church is located, we can easily consider God’s works by simply looking up into the sky on a clear night. The stars burst forth. The moon is crystal clear. We can also witness God’s majesty in the blue sky on a bright, sunny day…or in the thundering clouds and swirling winds of a storm. His majesty is evident in the stately pines, the flowing streams, the soaring birds, and so many other areas of creation.
Such consideration has one particular effect on the psalmist, David. Verse four says, “What is man that You take thought of him?” The more we consider God’s majesty and experience His grace and glory, the more we ought to think, “Who am I?” Who am I, that You look after me? Who am I, that You not only spared me from the consequences of my sin but also made eternal life available to me? We are invited to consider God first, and ourselves second.
We live in a world where we are encouraged to consider ourselves first, and not consider God at all. We are invited to marvel at the achievements of man, to embrace what humanity has to offer. We are invited to consider our own desires as utmost, allowing them to shape our decisions and priorities. David, however, begins with a consideration of God. Therefore, when he gets around to considering his own plight, he recognizes just how little he is in comparison to the God of the universe. And he ends up right where he began, praising God’s majesty.
Today, take a moment to consider all God has done. Consider, first and foremost, His love expressed in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, and His death on the Cross. The more we consider God and what He has done, the more we find ourselves right where we need to be!