Psalm 8

God, brilliant Lord,
    yours is a household name.

Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you;
    toddlers shout the songs
That drown out enemy talk,
    and silence atheist babble.

I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
    your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
    Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
Why do you bother with us?
    Why take a second look our way?

Yet we’ve so narrowly missed being gods,
    bright with Eden’s dawn light.
You put us in charge of your handcrafted world,
    repeated to us your Genesis-charge,
Made us lords of sheep and cattle,
    even animals out in the wild,
Birds flying and fish swimming,
    whales singing in the ocean deeps.

God, brilliant Lord,
your name echoes around the world.

Psalm 8 MSG


This Psalm reminds me a lot of the book of Romans, especially the first chapter. Giving an account for the fact that ALL are responsible for responding to God, because He has revealed Himself…even in the common things around us.

The gurgle of a baby…so sweet! Have you ever held a babe as they babbled and cooed? The innocence of the songs they sing..this is a way God shows Himself to the world. We are all tasked with the weight and honor of responding to this amazing revelation.

This chapter also addresses the place in which we were created. Above creation, yet, still very much creation! This amazingly tense mix of position. Dust…but divine in our core (the soul). Sinful, yet, called Sons and Daughters of the King.

May we go about our days with this correct perspective. That we might respond to the fingerprints of God around us, and take up our position as Sons and Daughters and walk forward in full confidence that He has our best in mind.


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