How Majestic is Your Name

It’s easy for me to move through my day unaware of God. My computer, my comforts, my to-do list, my television, all these can drown Him out. I effortlessly slip into a state of functional atheism. I profess a belief in God, but live as if He is not here.

This changes when I get outside. Nature pulls me in, looks me in the eyes, and speaks to me the words of Psalm 8.

LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! – Psalm 8:1

The sun shouts, the flowers whisper, and the trees proclaim, “There is a Creator. We are fashioned from His imagination and held together in His Hand.”

As nature speaks to me, my blinders fall off, and I can see. I marvel at the skills of a remarkable God.

God made the sun. Made it. The thing we cannot even stare at with the naked eye, God brought forth out of nothing. Powerful does not seem a strong enough adjective for our God.

And then I pause, with Psalm 8, to marvel again.

For, the same God who made the sun also made us. Humans. You and me.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? – Psalm 8:3-4

It is easy for me to consider myself the center of the universe. Until I actually ponder the universe. Then I realize how tiny my life really is.

Yet, God doesn’t just notice me. He didn’t just create me and move on.

He is mindful of me. Even more, He cares for me.

And this, I think, is one of the most majestic attributes of God. That He can simultaneously hold together the big, while caring for the little. He notices the tear in my eye as clearly as the sun in the sky. And the same hand that crafted the oceans wipes the water from my cheek.

LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! –Psalm 8:9

I'm excited to be Walking through the Psalms again now that Lent is over. I'm especially glad to be coming back into it with a topic like creation. Click on the picture to the left to read reflections on Psalms 1-7. Come back next week to read a reflection on Psalm 9.