Big Problems, Bigger God

Psalm 8:1-9 (NIV): A Psalm of David

Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2
Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
3
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
4
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?

5
You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honor.

6
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:

7
all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
8
the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
9
Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Most of us tend to go through life without ever slowing down and noticing the beauty of God’s creation. We often take the beauty of our world for granted and in doing so we fail to see God all around us. This past week, while sitting on the beach and enjoying the view of the ocean, I was reminded of the vastness of God’s creation. The book of Genesis describes to us how this world looked just before God spoke His creation into being: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters” (Genesis 1:1-2).

Do you sometimes doubt that God cares for you or even considers you? David, future King of Israel, probably felt that way as he was on the run from King Saul’s men. He had proof of God’s presence with him over the course of his young life, but he surely must have felt that God had at times forgotten him or was too busy with other matters to look after him. David was aware that God was all around him through the created world. And although he couldn’t actually see God, he sensed his presence by gazing at the “moon and the stars” and he saw God in the beauty of God’s creation. David needed this reminder of God’s presence with him.

I imagine that David felt small in comparison to the vastness of God’s creation. It’s possible that, as he wrote this psalm, he was lying on his back looking up at the heavens, gazing at the constellations and the splendor of the night time sky. God’s universe is so vast that we as humans can’t begin to comprehend just how expansive it is. You may feel that you are not important enough for God to be concerned with your life and with your problems. Does God really care about the mounting bills, the car that needs to be repaired or replaced, or the tumor that is not responding to treatment?

Like David, we may not understand how God can juggle our needs with the needs of the whole world and the running of the universe, but rest assured; God cares deeply for each of us. Trust God and have faith. God may be working out an answer to your prayer at this very moment. While you may not receive an answer immediately, have faith in God and trust that He is aware of your specific need and know that He is with you as you walk through the valley of shadows. God cares for you and He will not leave you. God, who created this magnificent world and universe, is much larger than all of our problems and worries.

 

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