Psalm 8:1-4 – “Who Do You Think You Are?”

starsAn inquisitor implying you are nobody, at least in his or her estimation, might ask that question with a degree of cynicism.  They are implying you are not really who you think you are!

By the way, “Who are you?”  I am not questioning who you think you are or who others might say you are.  I am not inquiring about your lineage, education or even from where you hail.  My question is more probing and personal—“Do you know who you are?”

I am convinced the vast majority of family, friends and acquaintances not only do not know you, they do not know themselves!  The stark reality is, deny the Creator and you will spend your life as a fool—empty, vain and void of purpose.heavens

Notice the lofty meditations of the psalmist in Psalm 8:1-4.

Psalm 8:1-4 – “O LORD [Jehovah; Eternal, Self-existent God] our Lord [Master; Sovereign of Creation], how excellent [noble; mighty; majestic; glorious] is thy name [character; person; reputation] in all the earth! who hast set [put; made; given] thy glory [splendor; majesty; authority] above the heavens [i.e. stars of the sky]. 2  Out of the mouth of babes [infants; young children; and sucklings [nursing infants] hast thou ordained [appointed; established; lay a foundagtion] strength [might; power; boldness] because of thine enemies [adversary; foes; distress], that thou mightest still [cease; silence; rest; observe] the enemy [foe; adversary] and the avenger [to avenge; revenge]. 3  When I consider [look; behold; perceive] thy heavens [i.e. stars of the sky], the work [acts; labor; i.e. accomplishments] of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained [prepared; established; fashioned; fixed]; 4  What is man [mortal man; , that thou art mindful [remember; think of] of him? and the son [children] of man, that thou visitest [care for; concerned with] him?”

infant in wombLooking towards the heavens, the psalmist beheld the undeniable evidences of the majesty of the LORD, Jehovah, Eternal God, whose person and presence is displayed in His creation.  The glory of God is seen in the heavens (Psalm 8:1) and His handiwork, the sun, moon and stars (8:3) reflect His power to create and sovereignty to hold the stars and planets in their courses.

Having gazed upon the heavens, the psalmist ponders, “What is man?”  Why would the God of heaven and eternity give even a thought to sinful, weak, foolish men?  Why would infinite God take even a moment of time to visit, care or concern Himself with such an ignoble race?

Mother holding babyConsider the wonder that God Who displays His glory in the heavens would take joy in the wonder of infant life nursing at its mother’s breast.  That the LORD would in His foreknowledge appoint that little soul to serve Him and be the avenger against those who wag their tongues and fists at the Almighty!

Only a fool can look at the heavens and life and remark, “There is no God” (Psalm 14:1).

Copyright 2015 – Travis D. Smith