Psalm 8: 1-9
One of the joys of being a parent or a grandparent is being able to hear the unexpected nuggets of wisdom that come from the mouth of a child. You never know what is going on inside their loveable little brains. This is especially true when it comes to matters about faith and God. You may teach them what you know – but they have a totally different way of processing that information.
A little boy was asked, “Why can’t we see God?” After a moment of reflection the boy answered, “because God needs his privacy.”
A family dedicated their newborn son in church on Sunday and on the way home the older brother cried uncontrollably. The dad asked him what was wrong – his answer, “The preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, but I want to stay with you guys.”
A father was walking on the beach with his 4-year old son when they came across a dead seagull. “Daddy, what happened to him?” the son asked. “He died and went to Heaven,” the Dad replied. The boy thought a moment and then said, “Did God throw him back down?”
As we all know, there are so many more examples of how children interpret facts about God and faith. So what did David have in mind when he made a statement about children in Psalm 8:2? In order to answer that question we have to look at the entire psalm. This psalm has much to teach us about our place in this world and our relationship with God.
Who Are You?
In verse one David establishes the identity of God. Our world has watered down the notion of God in such a way, that it’s sometimes difficult to remember just who God is. David refers to God as Jehovah. The name Jehovah means Lord and sovereign ruler. Let that sink in for a moment! When we’re dealing with God – he’s not just a name or a theological idea. He’s the infinite creator, ruler, and power of the universe. He deserves our attention. Yet we tend to brush him off as if he’s a salesman trying to sell us unwanted products. We duck him, ignore him, hang up on him, and give him one excuse after another as to why we’re too busy or not interested in spending time with him. He’s almighty God, the giver and sustainer of our lives, and he is worthy of our attention, time, and service.
Who Am I?
David looks up at the sky one night, perhaps when he was a teenage shepherd and begins to marvel at the stars and God’s creation. Have you ever gazed at the stars and held your hand out in front of you and allowed your fingers to touch the stars? I picture David doing that as he refers to stars as the work of God’s fingers.(Vs.3) Then David recounts the act of and the wonders of God’s creation. As he does so the thought occurred to him – man is not a part of the animal world – but rather a special creation of God. God made man in his own image and after his own likeness. Man shares something with God that is not shared by any other part of creation. Man is not simply lucky to have evolved to this place in life – he was specially designed and given this place in life. David realizes that while we may hold a special position among creation – we still answer to God for how we live our lives. We’re in no position to dictate to God anything – but rather we are to humbly acknowledge his rule over our lives.
Who Do You Think You Are?
In verse 2 David refers to the enemies of God and to children. David said that even though children make foolish statements about God – one thing is certain – they are bold in their belief in and their love for God. So when man comes up with theories about life that circumvent God – God laughs. He’s not bothered by the foolish statements of unbelieving people. Instead, it’s as if God directs those who oppose him to revisit some of the statements made by children about God. God is suggesting that men spend less time considering their own theories about life and more time considering the faith of children.
What’s The Point?
Have you lost your child-like faith? There was a time when you were unashamed to proclaim your love and devotion to God. There was a time when God spoke – you listened. There was a time when you weren’t too busy for God. There was a time when you sought out God on Sundays and through the week. What happened? Is it possible that we have lost some of the wonder of God? Is it possible that we have forgotten who we are and who God is? This week is a good time for you to become a child again when it comes to your faith! Here’s your assignment. Go outside tonight and look up in the sky. Hold your fingers in front of you and touch the stars – and then ask God to speak to you again!