Sunday, March 26, 2017

Majesty and Humility

David's Psalm 8 begins with the glorious, "O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!" (Psa 8:1) The verse alone swells praise in the heart. But he goes on.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!
(Psa 8:3-5)
Does that not baffle and amaze you? Is it not astounding that the One who made the nature that surrounds us would have a care about us? When you consider the vastness of the universe and how immeasurably small we are in comparison to the universe, let alone God Himself, why would God take thought of Man or care for him? We in our arrogance would assume that it is our great worth, our supreme importance. That makes no sense at all. Indeed, if you look at all creation, you'd have to wonder how we could think such a thing. But ... we do. Routinely. Insanely.

Given, then, our insane and, in fact, evil self-centeredness, it is all the more amazing that the Creator of the heavens and earth would deign to take notice of us. But, He does. He sent His Son. His Son humbled Himself to be a human and die for us. In this, His majesty is magnified. And I am humbled.

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