Earth & The Glory of God

To be honest…

With the current state of our world, it often seems very difficult to see the beauty of God in it.

Whether it be racism, in-tolerance, sexism, in-equality, death, rape, murder, kidnappings.

In a world, where these things are still prominent, it’s easy for us to dismiss the presence of God in the midst of the chaos.

Ironically, scriptures like Psalm 8:1 speaks of the fact that the name of the LORD is majestic in all the earth.

The only question that comes to mind when I read such a verse is…how?

How is the name of the LORD displayed as majestic (beautiful) in a world full of corruption?

Thankfully, our answer comes directly from Psalm 8.

The Testimonies of Mankind

Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
    to still the enemy and the avenger

Psalm 8:2

God’s strength is established through the testimony/ confession of individuals.

In other words, the glory of God is displayed through the confession of believers…and this is still evident in our day.

Whether this be testimonies of divine healing by which no science can justify, or the profession of faith that occurs when an individual’s heart has been converted through the Gospel.

Through such confessions, enemies of God are silenced.

We see an early example of this in Matthew 21:14-16, when Christ healed the blind and the lame who approached him.

As a result of seeing these miracles, children from the temple cried out…

“Hosanna to the Son of David!” which lead the chief priests and scribes to feel anger/ annoyance.

They were literally silenced in their accusation of Christ through the confession of these children (and coincidentally Christ quoted from Psalm 8:2 in Matthew 21:16).

Despite the state of our world, God’s strength is still established through the persistent testimonies of believers.

The Heavens

One of the most beautiful canvas’ made visible to the naked eye, are the stars we see shining brightly on a nightly basis.

The thought, that something so massive (as a star) can collaborate with other objects alike to manifest such beauty is puzzling.

The thought that some of these stars are bigger than the Sun (which can fit 1.3 million Earths) is unimaginable.

The thought that the Sun is rightly positioned in such a way to provide energy to our planet for our benefit, is beyond humbling.

All in all to say, these facts, among many others makes me strongly question the absence of an intentional Creator.

Interesting enough, the book of Psalms has this to say concerning the relation between God and the heavens.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

Psalm 8:3

The Psalmist, sums up the complexities of universe in 5 words.

“the work of your [God’s] fingers”

Notice the choice of words here…

The WORK (not works) of God’s fingers.

Humans have studied for centuries what God has created with his finger.

A single work of His majesty.

His beauty has been made evident to those blessed with eye sight to look up into the skies on a daily basis.

Mankind & God’s Mindfulness

what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?

Psalm 8:4 ESV

Consider the immeasurable size of the univere discussed in the statements above.

With that in mind, consider the attention to detail He has given to us humans.

According to Genesis 1:26-27 we are the the only part of creation that were made in God’s image.

It could’ve been anything else, but God chose to create us in this way.

The reason we look the way we do, is because of God.

The reason we think the way we do, is because of God.

The reason we are intellectually superior to all other forms of creation on Earth, is because of God.

These, among many others, are a constant reminder of God’s mindfulness and beauty.

The Dominion of Mankind

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
    and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
    and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
    whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

Psalm 8:5-8 ESV

Personally, one of the most fascinating things to me about earth is the superiority that God has given mankind over all living things.

I’ve often thought to myself, what if God had provided this level of dominion to large animals?

What if Lions, Whales, Elephants and/ or Gorillas were superior to humans?

The shear thought both fascinates and intimidates me. I believe this is why movies such as “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” captivates our attention.

On the other hand, the fact that we have been giving the responsibility to literally manage the work of God on earth is equally mind boggling.

All other forms of life are subject to the authority of mankind.

All of this is possible because of our superiority in knowledge and intellect we posses.

This superiority is not for us to boast in, but rather a gift of God, to display his magnificence in our dominion of the world.

Concluding Thoughts

The world is messed up.

But the beauty of God is still very evident in today’s society.

Now let’s concisely answer the original question at hand:

How is the name of the LORD displayed as majestic (beautiful) in a world full of corruption?

  1. Through the testimonies of mankind
  2. The heavens
  3. Mankind and God’s minfulness of them
  4. The Dominion of mankind

These 4 points just scratch the surface of God’s magnificence, but should give you every cause to rejoice in his glory

With that being said,as we embark on a new year….

Dear Believer,

Remind yourself of these 4 promises when the world attempts rob of you of God’s beauty in it.

Dear non-believer,

Know that god will continue to display his majesty throughout the world. My prayer is not that you will marvel at such majestic works. My prayer is that you will marvel at Him, who formed all these things to be, and enter into the joy of glorifying His name.

Happy New Year


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