“The heavens are telling the glory of God…their voice goes out through all the earth.” God speaks to us through all that He has made. Created things are not god, but they do give us clues to what the Creator is like just as the painting, song, poem and sculpture tell us something of the artist. When you stop to observe and notice what God has created, what do you hear of His voice? When have you stood still long enough to hear God’s voice through His creation? Lord Jesus, speak and help me to listen.
“Yet, you have made them…crowned them with glory and honor…given them dominion over the works of your hands.” Echoes of Genesis 1:26-27 sound through the Psalmist. Not only is God mindful and caring toward humans, he actually calls them to share in his rule and purposes for all that he has made. What does this mean for us? How am I using my hands and my life for overseeing creation for God’s good purposes? May we be humble enough to serve; empowered to serve in Godly wisdom and power; for the Kingdom and the power and the glory. Amen.
“What are human beings that you are mindful of them…?” Some would say the God revealed in the Old Testament is simply about judgment and fury. The Psalmist says God is “mindful of humans and cares for them.” Unlike the portrayal of many ancient gods, the Biblical God is one that values humans. He created a world good for their thriving and cares for them even when they reject him. What does it mean to you that God is mindful and cares for people and for you? Lord God, help us to see you as you really are.
“When I look at the heavens, the work of your fingers…” Have you seen the new pictures of Pluto? Have you seen the pictures of stars and galaxies? Even before we could see any of that the Psalmist stood in awe of the God who created the heavens. How can we as human matter at all in the vastness of creation? Are we not just specks of dust on the shoulder of the cosmos? And yet, the Psalm does not end here. Like the Psalmist, help us to see beyond creation, to your plans and purposes for our lives. Amen.
“O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” This Psalm is the text of many songs of praise both historically and in our contemporary worship. God has created all things and rules over all. Yet God has created humans and invited them to help God care for and guide it towards God’s purposes and desires for thriving life. How would your life change if you believed both these things when you woke up each morning? “O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
“So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.” God rested. We work. We work at our jobs, our families, our play, our sports, our future, our investments. You name it, we work hard at it. Do you rest? Why is a regular day of rest in the week important and essential for our life? What can you do to set aside a day each week for rest? Loving God, help us to accept your invitation to rest. Amen.
“The God said, ‘Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion…” God, the Almighty and All-Powerful, decides to share his creation project with us. He calls us to help us “rule” all he has made and do so as those made in his image. What are the implications of God’s sharing his rule, for all of us who lead in our families, in our work places, in our churches, and all places? Is it easy for us to share power? Teach us your heart for leading Almighty and Loving God.
“In the beginning…the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said…” God’s act of creation does not settle with making something out of nothing. God speaks with the power to bring form and order to it all and to bring light to the darkness. What does God’s action suggest to us about the purpose of those called to lead in the family, the church, and the world? May our leadership in all spheres follow your heart and your ways O God.
“Forgive us our debts…” Prayer for forgiveness reveals our understanding that relationships are central to life. It also recognizes our human condition in which we fall
short in our faithfulness to the obligations of our relationships toward God, others and all of creation as well. When I fall short or sin, do I deny my sin, blame others or flee in fear of God’s judgments? Jesus gives us another way; trust God’s mercy and love. Forgive me for my sins and shortcoming Lord, both the wrongs I commit and the things I leave undone.