Psalm 8: How Majestic is Your Name
The Beautiful and the Broken
Hebrew poetry often uses comparison and contrasting to express an idea, and the stark difference between my God and myself was not lost on me this morning as I read Psalm 8. Specifically, verses 3-5:
3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?
5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
The bold and italics above mimic the intensity of markings in my own Bible. These verses struck me deeply, down where only God's inspired Scripture can reach. I was reminded that all the evidence that exalts his supremacy is readily available to me; all I have to do is look up. Not only were the moon and the stars made by him, his fingers, but they were actively placed by him, suggesting a deliberate act in which the Creator took great care in his work, just as he continues to take great care with me, as a calm and patient father.
The contrast to this magnificent Creator and his beautiful work is merely me. Verse 4 poses a powerful question, yet I encourage you to do a simple exercise: place a question mark after the word 'man.' Read the beginning of verse 4 like this: 'What is man?' After meditating on verse 3, there is no answer that can puff up my heart or stroke my ego. I am forced to cave under the incredible weight of my brokenness in contrast to the magnificent beauty of my God.
Yet, he cares for me. He has dealt patiently with me. The King of all glory and honor has crowned me with glory and honor, out of no deserving of my own, but out of his great mercy.
9 O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!