Standing in Awe
Today's devotion is based on Psalm 8:3,4; “When I consider Your heavens, the work of your fingers … what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?”
When I read this Psalm this morning I thought about all the years I would take my Boy scout troop on a week-long trip. We would camp out on a ranch some 40 miles from any town. There would be no light pollution, not even flashlights were allowed as we gathered to look at the night sky. The boys were always amazed at how many stars there were in the night sky. The highlight of the night was seeing the Milky Way. Most of the boys had never seen it or most of the stars for that matter since they lived in the city.
I am reminded of those nights every time I read Psalm 8. I think King David enjoyed the night sky, too, all those years ago as he warmed himself by a campfire. His thoughts would often turn to the Creator, his majesty and glory … But his ponderings ventured further to where our own thoughts go from time to time.
How does it even make sense that the One whose creativity set into being the heavens, the earth, and all living things places such value on the human race? Created in his image, he gives people honor and purpose. He invests himself, his love, and care, knowing all the shortcomings and failures that human lives present.
On this side of heaven, I will never be able to logically understand God’s love and care toward his fallen people. The good news is that I do not have to. I only must respond to his love and care by thanking, praising, and worshipping our Creator, our Lord, and Savior.
Please pray with me; Creator God, it doesn’t make sense that you value me so much when you know every detail about me, yet you do. Your love paid for my sins on the cross, and you restored me to the position you always intended for me to have. I thank and praise you for your love and grace. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
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