Psalm 8:1 For the director of music. According to gittith. A Psalm of David.
“O LORD,” [You are Yahweh, the great I AM, who exists from eternity to eternity, having no beginning, no end–the Creator of stars, Maker of the earth, Bringer of the dawn. You are great and glorious, powerful and pure, the Lord of all.] “our Lord,” [You are THE LORD and you are also OUR Lord,. You stoop down to enter our little lives, to walk with us, work with us, watch over us. You invite us to join you in your majestic plans, making meaningful work for each of your children, tailored lovingly to fit our abilities, gifting and situation. You are my Lord: present, alert, watching, ruling, protecting, guiding and deeply involved in every detail of my life. You I can trust, you I can be sure of, you I can praise in every incident.] “how majestic is your name in all the earth!” [Your name, O Eternal God, is pure and powerful, holy and great. You move with majesty, unrushed, sure, full of grace and glory. You are high and mighty, the only One with no beginning and no end. You are the One to be extolled and lifted up before all creation. Truly, your name is to be exalted above all in all the earth, in all the universe. It is to be honored by our reverence, our obedience, our awe and worship. You are to be exalted throughout the whole earth, by every person in every place at every time, for all of time and beyond–for you are worthy.] “You have set your glory above the heavens.” [You who spoke and created the stars, who stretched out the heavens with your hand, who set the limits for time and tide, you are far beyond the heavens, you are outside of time, you are beyond human comprehension.
Your glory is far above us, far beyond what we can imagine, yet in your grace you give us small glimpses into the beauty of your character. I see echoes of your glory in Spring time with the wealth of flowers, each more lovely than the last. In their colors–bright, gentle, rich and wonderful; in their shapes–varied, pleasant, crisp and smooth; in their scents–pleasing, positive, powerful.
So it is with you, Lord: you are beautiful, lovely, colorful, richly scented, wonderfully complex and inspiring—only much more than anything we can imagine in our earth-bound understanding. Truly your glory is great, stretching beyond the limits of the universe.
Help me to remember this and to continually stand in awe of you, to honor you by wholehearted obedience to what I know to be true.]