Do you ever take the time to sit in the stillness of a brand new morning and just meditate in awe of the splendor of God’s Love through His creation? If your answer is yes, then I am certain that you have experienced, as I have, the awe-inspiring glory of the world around you that brings tranquility to your soul. Now if your answer was no, or not yet, please allow me a chance to encourage you to take the needed time to do so. I promise you will be extremely blessed!
My dear readers, it is my prayer that you enjoy the beautiful picture attached to this wonderful lesson for it is a snap-shot taken by my daughter of the actual dawning of this glorious new day in Wilmington Delaware. Yes, that’s right… I am writing to you many miles away from the BIG State of Texas, the place in which we call home.
My youngest daughter and I are currently sitting on the patio of the Ronald McDonald House, both sipping hot cups of coffee, while communing in fellowship before the Lord, as our souls overflow in joy, hope, and gratitude!
We are thanking God for the precious moments, which we have experienced thus far while being here at this beautiful estate with the other families who have a child being seen at the Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children.
Now, I must tell you, the magnificent orchestration of God’s handiwork in the created world around us is completely unavoidable at every turn. We can’t help but thank God for the vivid display of His Power. To top it off, His Wonderful Holy Spirit is bringing back to our remembrance His Written Word, which my daughter and I previously studied days before and we are simply submerged in His love on this day while we relax. Our hearts are simply over flooding in thanksgiving to Jesus our Saviour who has made this moment possible! Oh hallelujah to our King, for we know that we are truly here at this specific point in time for His purpose!
Now because of the overflow of thanksgiving in our hearts right now, both my daughter and I have pulled out our writing utensils in order to document this experience that we may share it with others in literary form. So I ask that you please get settled and relax, as I attempt to share with you the one Scripture that resonates above all others in both of our souls at this moment:
Psalm 8:4 – What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?
Here we find the Psalmist David acknowledging the transcendent Excellency of God’s creative power.
What is man that You are mindful of him?
Given that we live in such a task driven society and we are constantly on the move, what a magnificent example laid before us by the Psalmist David; one who discovered the importance of stopping long enough to consider the created world around him despite the hustle and bustle of life.
I invite you to read with me the verse prior to our observation Scripture, verse 3, in order that together we might gain an understanding of the scenery which prompted David to express himself so humbly in admiration of the glory and greatness of God.
Are you ready? Great! Please read with me David’s words:
Psalm 8:3 – When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
One night as David looked up toward the heavens he was captured in a state of absolute wonder and amazement of God’s magnificent and unavoidable creation. David’s surveillance of his surroundings provoked a humbling of his spirit to occur that caused him to acknowledge his own imperfections so much so that he cried out “What is man that You are mindful of him?”
Given that David previously held the role of being a shepherd, there should not be any doubt in our minds that this was not David’s first opportunity to make such an observation; for most certainly this was a common scene as he tended his flock (him being outside during the night time that is). However, hopefully we can agree that on this specific night something unusual occurred.
I believe that “something unusual” was the driving force, which made all the difference in the world between this night and all other nights. Now, I am certain you are asking “what was it?” Well, I am glad that you have asked! Because I believe that it was David himself!
David actually stopped long enough, both physically and mentally, from whatever he was doing to give a sincere consideration of the created world around him! In doing so; he was therefore unable to ignore the blessedness, goodness, loving care, and attention given to mankind by God despite our sinful nature! David paid tribute to God for how He chose to create, design, and maintain this world in love for mankind; while also distinguishing mankind completely different from all of His other creations.
Consider with me the things which raced through David’s mind as he reflected on the honorable ranking given to mankind by God in comparison to the other created beings.
For example: Our comparison to the animals of the fields and the angels; David recognized that animals are framed to look downwards to the earth, but man was framed to stand erect. He recognized that we being made a little lower than the angels have been given the ability to stare upwards toward the heavens, and given reasoning skills which allows us to chose to render praise from a soul housed in flesh.
If you do not believe me, just listen to David’s words in the verses following our Observation Scripture in verses 5-9:
5 For You have made him a little lower than the angels,
And You have crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
7 All sheep and oxen—
Even the beasts of the field,
8 The birds of the air,
And the fish of the sea
That pass through the paths of the seas.
9 O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth!
The bottom line is that David rejoiced from the depths of his soul in gratitude to God, for the ability to even set his affections on things above.
Let me ask you: When you see the marvelous design of the world in which we live; the moon and stars, which blanket the heavens during the night, and the sun, which shines so brightly during the day (all of the lights of the heavens), does it cause you to worship the One and True Living God?
Colossians 3:2 – Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
Treasure point: By observing David’s example, we should be encouraged to always in humility think highly and honorably of God; giving Him all of the glory due to His Holy name!
And the son of man that You visit him?
Now of course we cannot stop there with our lesson, because David didn’t!
In a genuine mode of thanksgiving David continued further with his consideration of God’s goodness in creating and caring for the world in which we live until it brought him to a deeper point of praise toward God. A praise which encompassed both the Old Testament use of the referenced term, “son of man” a general term used to describe human beings in general and our inferiority in comparison to God, and the prophetic promise “Son of Man” referencing the coming of our blessed Messiah, Jesus Christ!
13 “I was watching in the night visions,
And behold, One like the Son of Man,
Coming with the clouds of heaven!
He came to the Ancient of Days,
And they brought Him near before Him.
14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,
That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
Which shall not pass away,
And His kingdom the one
Which shall not be destroyed.
The reference “Son of Man” – is a Hebrew and Aramaic term, often used to mean a human being in general. In the Gospels Jesus Christ uses it to refer to himself in his earthly ministry and his future death, exaltation and coming as judge and Saviour. (Taken from the Dictionary of Bible Themes – # 2233)
I pray that your heart is on fire as mine!
As believers, we should acknowledge God in and through absolutely everything for He is our loving Creator! Yes, it is our duty to render passionate and continual praise in awe of who God is!
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
2 Day unto day utters speech,
And night unto night reveals knowledge.
Romans 1:20-21 – 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.