Thought for the Week – 11th November 2020

Psalm 8
1 LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens. 2 Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. 3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? 5 You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honour. 6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet: 7 all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, 8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. 9 LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

This is my favourite Psalm. When I feel insignificant, useless and small I read this and I know that I matter. God IS mindful of us and he does CARE about us.

I have been asked recently, ‘How can you still believe in a creator God that is good, when the world is falling apart and Humankind is suffering so’.
Well of course, we as believers know it’s not God that is at fault. We know that we have a special place in God’s creation, as it tells us in verses 5-8.
I firmly believe that God is crying with us in this time of suffering. He is sad with the way we are abusing our special position as rulers within his creation.

I feel insignificant, useless and small. How do I fit in? How can I still be crowned with glory and honour? I try to use less plastic, I try to be more conscious of how much water I use. I try to think carefully about how much petrol we use. But I still feel insignificant, useless and small. What can I do to make a real difference! Then I remember the one thing that I can do; that I know can and will make a difference. I can pray. Pray for this broken world that WE have broken. Pray for the Holy Spirit to move leaders and people of influence to start the work of healing Your world, so that the powerful and the seeming insignificant can all do their part to make sure that as the world continues we will still have the part in it for which God
made us.

LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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