Friday, July 8, 2016

God's View

As we come to the 8th Psalm, we find ourselves arriving at a very familiar passage; yet, one which also sends our very spirit soaring skyward toward heaven.  It's language in describing God is indeed awesome.  "O Lord our God, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!"  (Ps. 8:1)  And the language which speaks of God's view of us is totally unthinkable.  "What is man that Thou art mindful of him...You have made him a little lower than the angels..." (Ps. 8:4-5)  These are amazing words that bend our minds as we attempt to comprehend them.

In a book recently read  entitled, "Moving Mountains," the author, John Eldredge, writes that as we pray it is imperative that we understand who hears our prayers as well as who we are as we pray.  The 8th Psalm is certainly a good place to begin as we start searching out these imperatives of prayer.  It is, perhaps, an easier thing for us to see God exalted in glory, One who is majestic and loving, and full of grace and mercy.  But, considering ourselves as those worthy in the eyes of God to approach Him in prayer is still another.  We may not like to think about it, or admit how evil our heart, even our own heart can be, but we know it is, nonetheless true.  Yet, still we read this 8th Psalm and see extraordinary view that God sees as He sees each one of us.

How do we describe our emotions at the revelations of Psalm 8?  What words spring forth from our hearts?  Surely, confession is one word for we are sinners.  Surely, thanksgiving is another for we are seen by God not through the darkness of our sin, but through the light of His grace.  And surely, peace is still another word for indeed His name is the most majestic name in all the earth. 

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