God’s Word has a lot to say to us about how we should experience creation. In my last post, I pointed out how Jesus encouraged his disciples to really consider the small things in creation. He said: If God is so caring towards the creatures smaller and less significant than you, surely He is much more mindful of you? That has really revolutionized the way I perceive the tiny things around me, and how I look at myself. And yet, when you think about it, just as there are things much smaller than us that God cares for, there are also things much bigger than us that He cares for too! David was also a man who “considered” the creation. It is interesting to read what he thought about big things:
Psalm 8:3-4 (ESV)
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?
What do you think about this passage? It seems to me, that God deliberately made us quite small. We are in his image, and have dominion over all the creatures, and yet we aren’t the biggest, or the strongest, or the fastest. What does that say about the way man is to exercise his dominion (and thus reflect God’s dominion)? It is certainly not by might, or power. So why did God want us to look at the stars and feel little (I am assuming David’s response was the right one)? Why is it good for us to feel that way? Perhaps it protects us from pride to not have an inflated view of ourselves? And yet, on the other hand, I don’t think God intended for us to feel insignificant (which I do sometimes when star-gazing). Don’t you think that kind of reaction is the same false religious thinking that humility is about stripping yourself of dignity? What I found interesting about Psalm 8 is that David clearly assumes that although he is small, he is still significant to God. It’s a similar point to the one Jesus made: consider creation; you are thought about, you are valuable. When David looks up at the stars, he is not overwhelmed by his insignificance; he is stunned by his significance.
Do you think that is God’s intention? What do you think and feel when you are star-gazing?