‘O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.’ Psalm 8:1 (ESV)
As we enjoy the good weather we have been experiencing I have tried to get out and take some photos around the area. Some of these are sweeping panoramas looking across the Firth with the water in the foreground and the mountains in the background. In other cases it has been close ups, maybe of flowers, in their bright colours and delicate design. Then there are sunrises and sunsets, each one different to the last, as the light shines and the colours illuminate the sky. In the city when we walk about much of what we see is man-made but living where we do we don’t have to walk far to experience the grandeur and beauty of the creation around us. Even looking into the evening sky at night we can see the stars sparkling away or we can, on occasions, experience the northern lights, as the creation performs a spectacular light show for us. Some say all this happened by chance yet through the eyes of faith we see the hand of the creator God at every turn, not only that but all creation reflects, like a mirror, the majesty of God. Recently we have studied the Psalm above that declares ‘O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.’ In that psalm we see how David too looked at the moon and stars and recognised God’s handiwork and was aware of his majesty but how often in the business of life do we miss the Lords hand not just in the creation around us but in our lives. We miss God’s majesty as he works out his great plan of redemption but also as he works out those plans within our lives. David saw the great privileges that the almighty has given mankind yet this psalm points forward to one whom God would ‘put all things under his feet.’ We not only see the majesty of God in the creation but we see the majesty of God at the cross where he displays his power in weakness of the saviour, declares his will in the silence of the saviour and brings life through the death of the saviour. As John Piper notes ‘We find our everlasting joy not in usurping the majesty of God but in saying with all creation: “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name—not ours—in all the earth.”’ May the Lord help you to see His majesty in the creation and in His gracious dealing with us His people.