O LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
(Psalm 8:1 ESV)
This psalm was written as a song to be sung by God’s people. Imagine, if you will, living in a day before electricity as those who originally sang this verse did. Picture stretching out underneath a canopy of suspended lights at nighttime. The stars would have been breathtaking, overwhelming your eyes by their sheer number and collective intensity.
Most of us rarely have the opportunity to see the “heavens” outside of our modern city lights. But each night, David and the other psalmists would have the heavens open to them in unadulterated glory.
They were well acquainted with the sky’s beauty, both the luminescent stars by night and the blazing sun by day, and yet, it was still written that God had set His glory “above” these astonishing heavens. As marvelous as a brilliant sky of stars is, more marvelous still is their Maker.
But how did David begin this song? “O LORD, our Lord”. He is ours; our God, our Lord, and the One who will welcome us home. It is one thing to appreciate and behold beauty from afar, but another matter entirely for it to be yours. Never distance yourself from Him who would have you draw near.
We were made His, and He has made Himself ours. Don’t squander the opportunity to draw close to His majesty.