Psalm 8 and Our Place in the World



There are times in many people’s lives where they despair of life. They get so depressed that they don’t even want to continue, when everything and everyone seems to be better than what they have or who they are. There are also times when it seems absolutely hopeless because it feels like life has no meaning and purpose–we are just a part of a natural cycle of everything around us and there is nothing more to us. Psalm 8 is a great reminder that we are more:

Lord, our Lord, how majestic
    is your name throughout the earth!
    You made your glory higher than heaven!
From the mouths of nursing babies
    you have laid a strong foundation
    because of your foes,
    in order to stop vengeful enemies.
When I look up at your skies,
    at what your fingers made—
    the moon and the stars
    that you set firmly in place—
        what are human beings
            that you think about them;
        what are human beings
            that you pay attention to them?
You’ve made them only slightly less than divine,
    crowning them with glory and grandeur.
You’ve let them rule over your handiwork,
    putting everything under their feet—
        all sheep and all cattle,
        the wild animals too,
        the birds in the sky,
        the fish of the ocean,
        everything that travels the pathways of the sea.
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name throughout the earth!

We were created only slightly less than divine, and with the Incarnation of Jesus Christ divinity has come to us. Humans coexist with God now that Christ has come and the Holy Spirit has been poured out on the Church and all those in Christ. When we are Christians, we are even above slightly less than divine because we have the Living God within us. Of all the magnificent things in creation, we are above them.

If you find yourself despairing of who you are or your place in the world, reread Psalm 8 and remember that you are more!

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