"O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. . . When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!"
David begins this song by proclaiming the majesty of God. "O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth." He then goes on to put God's majesty into its proper perspective: "You have set your glory above the heavens!"
When I look up into the sky on a clear night I can certainly understand and appreciate David's sense of wonder. I too am overwhelmed by the majesty of God's creation. It is abundantly clear that the greatness of our God is beyond our comprehension. The truth of the matter is that even His physical creation - the things He has made - remains beyond our comprehension. No matter how intently we gaze into the heavens, no matter what devices we use to study them, we are still unable to perceive them completely. And remember, the glory of God is ABOVE the heavens! As great and awesome as His works appear, He Himself is greater and infinitely more splendid. His majesty transcends that of the galaxies and stars and planets in every way!
Yet, the psalmist observes, in spite of all that, still God is mindful of man. He really cares for you and for your children! He created mankind only a little lower than the angels and He gave us a measure of glory and honor as well. Sure, our God is great in power and awesome in wisdom, but it is His love for you and me that is completely and truly overwhelming. For the transcendent Creator of all things to love you and me enough to personally come to our rescue is amazing! Yet that is exactly what He did. O Jesus, OUR LORD, how majestic is Your name!
Pastor Keith Andrews