“When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?”
In these verses from Psalm 8, David confronts two realities. First, God is very, very big (Ps. 8:3).
He is all-powerful, all-knowledgeable, and all-present. We use words like omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent to try to describe Him.
I’ve had moments in life where the immensity of God was more real to me.
Standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon.
Seeing pictures of galaxies and the glories of the universe.
Holding a newborn baby.
Moments like those—where we are seemingly face-to-face with the reality of God’s power and glory—can and should us drive us to worship.
But they also can and should drive us to the second of the two realities from Psalm 8: We are very, very small.
To paraphrase David, “What are we, that you would even notice us?” (Ps. 8:4)
This reality—that we are very, very small—could drive us to despair. And, but for the love of God shown to us through Jesus Christ, we should despair.
But God shows His love for us in this: While we were His enemies, Christ died for us (Rom. 5:8).
This majestic God—the one who made the universe—not only knows about us, but He knows us intimately and He loves us (Ps. 139:1-18).
As we continue in this time of prayer and fasting, it is good to remind ourselves (1) that God is the most powerful, glorious reality in the universe and (2) He loves us more than we can fully comprehend.
These are good reasons to keep praying and keep fasting. He cares about us. And He is powerful enough to work in any situation.
-Charles Mauney, Worship Minister