My message for this Sunday will be based on Psalm 8, appointed for this Sunday. We have these words:
"When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
Yet, you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor." Psalm 8:3-4.
The psalmist was concerned about the place of human beings in the whole scheme of creation. Are we but specks in this vast universe? How can we really rate with God? Is God even mindful of us?
The psalmist affirms that we have been crowned with honor and glory. We are significant before God. Moreover,we have been given dominion over the Earth - as the psalmist would later assert. This responsibility is for care of our planet as opposed to exploitation. While we can look at the destruction of the natural order through pollution and waste, each of us must also look at how we are caring for the place in which we live. It is a matter of being responsible for the next generation.
The big question for us today is: How am I in my own way caring for the planet? Am I a good manager of God's creation?
I would invite you to read through the entirety of Psalm 8 in preparation for Sunday's worship May God's blessing be upon your contemplation of this psalm and your worship.