By Rev. Doug Rokke, American Lutheran Church

Four Psalms for May: Psalm 8

“How Majestic Is Your Name”

 During April and May the Iowa landscape changes in dramatic ways. After a long and cold winter like this past year people have been excited to see the shades of brown turn to the many shades of green and other colors that the spring brings. Once again this change of seasons may remind us of the wonder of our creation and the One who created these things.

Many of the Psalms also reflect on the wonder of creation. Psalm 8 is one of those Psalms as the writer talks about the majesty of creation. “O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth.” And yet as the writer reflects on the majesty of creation it also leads to the wonder of how our creator is mindful of his people. The writer says that 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?”

The Psalmist goes on to say that in spite of all this majestic power, God is still mindful of human beings and has given them dominion over the works of God’s hands. What an amazing statement about the importance that God puts on his people! While God holds the majesty of all creation, still God offers value and dignity to human beings like you and I.

I hope that this month, as you watch the change in creation, as you watch the grass begin to grow, and see the crops start to come up, you will remember the majesty of our Creator. I hope it will remind you that the God who causes all this to happen is that same God who has placed great value on you. God is mindful of his people and has crowned them with glory and honor. And more particularly, God is mindful of you and has crowned you with glory and honor.