I wonder if you realise how important you are? Our day to day experience can deceive us. Most of the time we live pretty hum-drum mundane lives that don’t seem terribly glorious. If you ever spend time gazing at the night sky, there is a certain tendency to feel like a very small and insignificant ant underneath it all. Well - that’s how David felt in Psalm 8: “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers…..what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?”
But as you read on, Psalm 8 offers us a slightly different outlook on who we are that flies in the face of our experience. It tells us that God has given humanity the highest place in the universe: “Yet you have crowned them with glory and honour...you have put all things under their feet.” Its feels a bit strange to think of yourself as a “master of the universe” (to use an old phrase). And yet this is the claim the psalm is making. And if we want more convincing about this, we just need to look at Jesus, whose life sets the pattern for ours. Sure, he was brought low and humbled for a season in this life. But where is he now? Ruling the universe at his Father’s side. And one day that’s where you will be too.
Come and have your understanding of humanity turned upside down on Sunday as Richard Condie brings us Psalm 8.