God's Majesty Reflected In Us

Gordon VanWylen

READ : Psalm 8:1-9

n this superb poem the psalmist opens our hearts and minds to the majesty of God in nature and grace. In essence, he asks the profound question, “Who am I?”

The psalmist frames the question in a unique way; he directs it to God, recognizing that he has the insights we need. He addresses this issue as he gazes into the heavens, senses our smallness and insignificance compared to the vastness and majesty of space, which is the work of God. He asks the question as one who has experienced the care and presence of God in his life.

The answer fills us with joy and awe. God created us only a little lower than the highest heavenly beings and has crowned us with glory and honor! Further, as his agents, we have the responsibility to oversee and care for every aspect of the natural world. These are echoes of the great message that we have been created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26). Sin has marred this image, but in Christ we are being transformed into the persons God created us to be. What a difference it makes if we view ourselves as stewards of God’s creation and everyone we meet as a person created in God’s image and crowned with glory and honor.

PRAYER

In your creative purposes you have a majestic, noble calling for each of us. Help us to know the transforming power of Jesus Christ and become the persons you have called us to be. Amen.