THE MAJESTIC MOON…AND MORE
I never understand why people sometimes say the moon is made of cheese. Where did that even come from? I guess it might be because of the way it looks. But if you ask me, it looks more like a black and white picture of a rotten, battered, and bruised cantaloupe. 🙂
My family vacationed in Breckenridge, Colorado this summer and it was absolutely gorgeous. We took a jillion pictures with the camera we bought for Christmas. My oldest son took this one of the moon. Cool, huh? I was really amazed at how well our little Canon Powershot zoomed in on this “hunk of cheese” hanging in the sky. (Granted the elevation of Breckenridge is around 9600 feet, so we were almost 2 miles closer to it. :-)) The more I look at the moon, the more intrigued I get. There appears to be dark spots, light spots, craters, stripes, and holes. As I’ve read up on the moon, apparently it’s made up of all kinds of interesting things: oxygen, silicon, magnesium, iron, calcium, aluminum, titanium, uranium, thorium, potassium, hydrogen, and much, much more. Like I said…intriguing.
You want to know something even more fascinating? The same moon we saw in Breckenridge, the same moon you look at from where you live, is the same moon the Psalmist wrote about some 3000 years ago. Yeah, crazy, huh?
Here’s what he said: “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:3-5, NIV). You see, I think he was equally, if not more, intrigued with the moon than we are. He realized that the God who set the moon in place is the same God who cares so deeply about human beings. He’s the same God who crowned people with glory and honor. Not just some people. All people. That would be you and me. When the Psalmist considered the moon and stars (which he was not viewing with a Canon Powershot, by the way), he was baffled by the mystery. “Why are people even important to You? Why even bother with us? Why create such grandiose things like the moon and stars, yet care so deeply about people?”
It appears that the more the Psalmist thought, the more blown away he became. He ended the passage with these words: “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8:9, NIV). As a matter of fact, these words are bookends to the entire Psalm. He also began with these words in verse 1. He seems to be blown away at what God put in the heavens and the way He ordered the earth—great things in the sky, yet people on earth with responsibility over other created beings. And again, the entire passage is framed by these powerful words with the end being an exclamation point on God’s great name. A more modern translation of the same verse is “O Lord, our Lord, your greatness is seen in all the world!” (GNT).
If you were to jot down a few lines with the phrase “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” at the beginning and the end, what words or phrases would you write in between? Would you write about God’s love, grace, mercy, or forgiveness? Would you write about the mountains, streams, flowers, or animals?
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