Today’s Scripture: Psalm 8
By: Katy Reed-Hodges
In Psalm 8, we find the Psalmist in awe of the Lord’s attentiveness to one seemingly small being: humanity. “What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?” he asks. Indeed, a right view of God probably ought to make us feel both insignificant and most significant. I wrote earlier in our Lenten study on John 1 that a great paradox for believers is that God is both the giant, magnificent, creator God and the intimate, near, loving Companion fully revealed in the character of Jesus Christ. It would not be surprising if we felt very small and insignificant next to this great reality. Yet, as the Psalm explains, our sovereign Lord has chosen, crowned, and exalted humanity to be “a little lower than God.” We are set apart among all creation to rule, care for, and tend to this world. What a great honor and a great responsibility.
What are we to do in response to such truth? First, it might be best to do as the Psalmist does: praise God. Today, the primary invitation is to praise. Praise God for who God is, what God has done, and that God has chosen humanity to share in this great relationship and responsibility. After that, it might serve us well to reflect on what it really means that God has given us “dominion over the works of his hands.” What a humbling challenge we have been given. How can we, together, be found most faithful to honor God’s commission on our lives? Let’s work together to find out this Lenten season.