God is Mindful of Us

Read: Psalm 8

With all of the things going on in our country and in the world right now passages like Psalm 8 are a pleasant reminder that God is aware of all this.  Not only is God aware of the things going on but God is aware of you and I.  God knows our needs and is a constant help in times of trouble.  Psalm 8 begins with, “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

So often it is easy for us to think that we are okay on our own or that we can handle this life on our own.  At times we need to be reminded of God’s dominion and sovereignty in this world.  A story is told of a man named William Beebe, who was a good friend of President Theodore Roosevelt.  After dinner one night, the two men went for a walk.  Roosevelt pointed to the sky and said, “That is the Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda.  It is as large as our Milky Way.  It is one of a hundred billion galaxies.  It consists of one hundred billion stars, each larger than our sun. Now I think we are small enough. Let’s go to bed.”

The brilliant scientist Sir Isaac Newton said that he could take his telescope and look millions and millions of miles into space. Then he added, “But when I lay it aside, go into my room, shut the door, and get down on my knees in earnest prayer, I see more of Heaven and feel closer to the Lord than if I were assisted by all the telescopes on earth.”

As we live our lives it is important that we remember how incredible God is. We should never lose our sense of awe and wonder about a God who created this vast universe and yet still loves and cares for us so deeply as individuals. The galaxies may make us seem small and insignificant, but in God’s eyes we are valued, loved, and important. It reminds me of the line in the movie “The Help” that says, “You is kind, You is smart, and You is important!”

In Psalm 8 David writes, “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?” (v.3-4)  In David’s words we can sense the awe and the wonder of God’s majesty. In David’s day he did not even know all that we know now about the vastness of space and the universe.  Our awe and wonder should be even greater than Davids! How amazing it is that he can even count the number of hairs on our head. (Luke 12:7) 

One final thought.  God loves you as an individual even though his majesty is bigger than you can comprehend.  The verses in 1 John 4:9-10 show how God made his love known to you.  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

Make it Personal:  With all of the noise in our world take time to pause this week and think about the majesty of God.  Stand in awe of what he has done and then stand in wonder as you think about his love for you as his created child whom he loves so much. Jesus is God’s proof that you are loved beyond measure.

Have a wonderful week everyone,  Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church