Oh Lord, our Lord. How majestic is your name throughout Earth…
When I behold Your heavens, the works of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars that You set in place,
What is man that You have been mindful of him,
Mortal man You have taken note of him, That you have made him little less than divine,
And adorned him with glory and majesty. – Psalm 8
I am not a biblical scholar but the glory of the Psalms is their universal accessibility, so you do not need to be a professor to read and love them. These often breathtakingly beautiful poems build on layers of meanings and moods. Psalm 8 is a poem of awe. The writer goes outside and realizes without the benefit of a telescope just how vast the universe it is. Overcome by this emotion, the psalmist has an appreciation of what it must have been like for our world to be brought into being. The poet’s awe is twofold. The first part focuses on the Creator who made it. That is soon accompanied by the self-consciousness of what it means to be an appreciative human being, someone who has been given the power to respond to our vast universe and its designer.
This Lent allow yourself some “Wow” moments. They go beyond language. They give us words for amazement at what God has done.