Meanderings of a Minister

Psalm 8: God’s Handprint Shows His Handiwork
August 11, 2016, 10:00 am
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Many people love to watch CSI-type shows on the television.  I don’t know about you, but these types of shows fascinate me.  I am amazed to see how detectives can find bits of hair, rope, saliva, dirt, pollen, etc., and put together the pieces of the puzzle to determine what has happened.  Probably another reason for enjoying these shows is that they almost always catch the bad guys.  There is just something about justice prevailing that appeals to me.

As much as I love these shows, they are not new or original.  In Psalm 8, David engages in a little CSI-type investigation of his own.  He begins by saying, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the earth.”  There is a song that begins that way.  I think it was written by Michael W. Smith and is now accepted in many churches as a valid worship song.  But this is the conclusion of the matter.  How did he get there?  That is found in many of the other 8 verses of the Psalm.

First, David says that God has displayed His splendor above the Heavens.  What did he mean by that?  He meant that, when you look into the sky and contemplate the stars, sun and moon, you realize there must be someone or something else out there.  When you consider the stars and planets you are looking past, it shouts that this other something is other than you.  This is the Bible term “holy”.

Next, David moves to a more detailed description of what you can see.  He says that you can look at the way God grows up babies and strengthens infants and you understand His strength and even His adversaries cannot stand against that knowledge.  Think about it.  You take a human baby, apply love, care and nourishment and God grows that small child into a full-grown human man or woman.  When you consider the process, it reminds us that we have a God and He is in control.

David moves from this picture, back to considering the heavens.  In this, he is talking about the moon, stars, sun and planets.  As immense as the universe is, David is reminded that it is the handiwork of God’s fingers.  Notice David does not say it is the handiwork on His hands, but of His fingers.  If God is so big that the universe is a work of His fingers, that is an amazingly big God.

He also considers man himself.  Not just the physical development of men, but their position in the world.  Our position in the world.  God has made man to rule over creation.  How amazing is that!?  God created us and values us.  God entrusted His creation to us.  David did not live to see it, but today, we could even include that God has ordained men to carry on the work of His Church under the guidance of His Spirit.

Having considered all of the evidence, what conclusion did David come up with…if this was television, it would be time for commercial break…just where he began:  O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!  As you and I consider this same evidence, we also have to conclude as David did that God is amazingly great and abundantly more than we can imagine.  If you don’t yet know Him personally, now is the time.