“O Lord , our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens! From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the field, The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas. O Lord , our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth!”
King David spent lots of time outside as a boy and young man. Befote he was a king or even a king’s assistant, he was a shepherd. His earliest psalms reflect nights spent under the stars. This is one of them.
“Oh Lord . . .how MAJESTIC is You name!” Your splendor is displayed above and from the heavens! This theme continues in vs 3, “when I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars . . .” David in amazement asks “when I see all this beauty, what am I, a mere man among billions of humans living on earth, that You think about me?” (my trans)
David continues, “You have made man a little lower than Yourself, yet in Your own image, ‘crowned with glory and majesty’ (compared to other creatures-again, my trans). “You make him (humans) to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet.” God has given us, as humans, dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:27-29, 2:15). He positioned us to thrive on the earth, not mearly survived. He’s made us stewards of all that’s around us!
David than makes a list, “sheep and oxen, beasts of the field, birds of the heavens, fish of the sea –everything around us!
David finishes where he started: “O Lord , our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth.”
Here’s the amazing thing, even among all the humans on earth, God cares specifally for you! He has a specific plan and purpose for you! His beauty and splendor surrounds us, from the little baby in vs 2, to all that David lists off in vss 2, 7 & 8. God shouts His love for us thoughout all of His creation! Are you listening?
Think about it!