O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Food For Thought:
This passage of Scripture has been one of my favorites ever since I was a young child. Some of the most palpable God experiences of my life have been in nature. As a pastor, I hear that this is true for many people. Actually, architects figured this out and designed buildings and cathedrals to capture the outside and bring it inside. Nature is a sacred place for many. Think about some of your favorite moments in nature and how you have felt especially close to God during those times. These nature experiences can include camping in the woods, hiking up a mountain, skiing down a mountain, taking a short walk with your family in the neighborhood, having a worship experience outside, helping someone in your local neighborhood, going on a mission trip, etc. Think of some of your favorite God-nature experiences, and try to replicate them if you can. If you are unable to replicate them, think of these experiences in your mind’s eye and say a prayer of thanks to God as you are imagining that special moment.
(This prayer is from Saint Anselm):
O Lord my God.
Teach my heart this day where and how to find you.
You have made me and re-made me, and you have bestowed on me
all the good things I possess,
and still I do not know you.
I have not yet done
that for which I was made.
Teach me to seek you, for I cannot seek you unless you teach me, or find you
unless you show yourself to me.
Let me seek you in my desire; let me desire you in my seeking. Let me find you by loving you; let me love you when I find you.