Daily Worship

You have a glory of your own

October 06, 2021 6
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Psalm 8 (NRSVA)

1 O Lord, our Sovereign,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory above the heavens.
2     Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
    to silence the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars that you have established;
4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
    mortals that you care for them?

5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
    and crowned them with glory and honour.
6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under their feet,
7 all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9 O Lord, our Sovereign,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

This psalm encourages us to go further than just feeling and living as part of the creation. It invites us to look beyond that which we see, to the whole mystery of who we really are as human beings. It’s a psalm about opening up your spiritual awareness to  that which is beyond time and space. The psalm begins by giving praise to the creator rather than admiring the creation itself. It’s as though the writer is saying,” O God how amazing must you be if this is your handiwork?” By making such a statement he begins to draw us into the world of faith and mystery and leaves us to ponder the name of God.

Then he cites the trust and adoration of infants and young children. He suggests they instinctively know what we adults have unlearned. Did Jesus not say something to that effect when he suggested, “unless you become as a little child you will not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven?” (See Matthew 18: 3) This psalm is pointing us all to return to the place where a child sees that which the adults fear to speak or even consider.

It is a call to be born again and to see the creation as making an introduction to enable us to have a relationship with the creator himself. When we grasp that possibility we begin to understand we humans also have been given a glory of our own.

Here is a song ‘Beautiful Creatures’ in which the Bogle Band touch on the idea of humans having a beauty of their own. Here’s a link to the song on Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/gb/album/beautiful-creatures/578104300?i=578104302

 

PRAYER:

 

Lord,

open my eyes to see beyond

the universe,

beyond time,

beyond the beginning,

beyond the end.

Help me reclaim

the faith of my childhood.

The wonder of love

The joy of hope

The knowledge that all will be well,

Because you are in my midst of all.