O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
When David wrote that Psalm, was he reflecting on his nights watching over sheep? Did he remember the intensity of the night sky while being chased by King Saul? Was he in his regal palace in Jerusalem, looking at the sky, and awed by how infinitesimal his majesty was compared to the heavens above?
Psalm 8 directed people to worship God because of His word, and was pointing to the coming of our Creator in human flesh (Hebrews 2:6-9). Jesus, our Great God and Savior, who spoke the stars into existence, was made “a little lower than the angels” during His incarnation. The Creator of the stars, gazing at the same stars David wrote about, while He prepared lay down His life for us.
Today, we too can look up at those stars and reflect upon Him who created all things, took on human flesh, died on the cross to pay the penalty of our sin, and ascended into heaven until He comes to gather us to Himself. Let us, therefore, declare with David, “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”