If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Leviticus 7, Psalms 7–8, Proverbs 22, 1 Thessalonians 1. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Psalm 8.
Psalm 8 is one of the songs of David that is just a joy to read. It is uplifting in its tone: “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (vv. 1, 9). It is also deeply humbling: “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” Think of a cloudless night with the moon shining full in it’s brightness and the stars accenting the sky with their light. David must have spent a thousand nights like this when he was a shepherd, wondering why the moon glowed and how far away those stars were. The universe must have seemed like a vast expanse whose distance he could not even begin to measure, much less understand. And what he knew of the universe was incredibly modest compared to what any American middle schooler knows of it. Yet he understood that underneath that massive majestic blanket of darkness was humanity. We are tiny compared to the size of the moon, weak compared to the brightness of the north star, insignificant compared to the size of the universe. Yet God cares about us!
And, more than that, he has given honor to humanity, putting us just one rung below angels in the rank of living beings: “You have made them a little lower than the angels” (v. 5a) yet “crowned them with glory and honor. You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet…” (vv. 5-6). This is the extraordinary grace of God even in creation. Compared to God, we are less significant than ants are to us, yet God honored us by making us lords over this planet where we live. And, even though we sinned against him, he has not turned his back on us in rejection but instead he cares for us (v. 4). Let these truths encourage your heart today but also let them turn your heart to God in worship. He is far above us, vastly more powerful than we can begin to imagine, yet he loves us and honors us! Since we know him by faith, let’s love and honor him in how we act and treat others today.
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.