I’m having a very Monday feeling Monday, but I’m pushing pause on the chaos to jump back into the book of Psalms here. I’m excited about this post, because I get to talk about one of my favorite things I’ve read in the bible so far.
Another Psalm of David, this time he is pursued and accused. David is adamant that he’s innocent of the things he’s being accused of, leading him to write the following.
Psalm 7:8 The Lord judges the peoples; judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me.
As I was reading that verse something really struck me about it. We tend to look at judgment as the final step of our life here on earth, don’t we? We try to do our best here, knowing full well that at the end of the line is a judgment from God. This is true even for believers, who won’t be judged to determine if they get into heaven, but will be judged according to what we did here on this earth. For nonbelievers the stakes are much higher, as they’ll be judged over the fact that they denied Jesus. But the way I’ve always looked at it is that we’ve got until the end of our lives before we have to face that judgment. I’ve got from today until the day of my death to get ready to stand before God and account for all that I’ve done in my time on this planet. Maybe it’s not quite right, but that brings me comfort. I may not have gotten it right today, but hey, I’m not dead yet, so I can get it right tomorrow!
But then I read this psalm, and the faith and confidence of David just blows my mind. Here’s a man who isn’t waiting until death to have God judge his life. David wants so badly to prove he’s not the person his enemies are saying he is, so he invites God’s judgment onto himself. I really just want to sit and think about this for a moment. On my best day, my absolute best day, I still don’t know if I’d say I want to invite the judgment of God upon me. Am I that confident in my righteousness and integrity that I think I could stand up under the scrutiny of an all knowing God? Are you? David was. I want to get to that level, I really do. I want to be so entrenched on the correct path, so deep in the ways of God that I can confidently look to the sky and say “Judge me, O Lord. Judge me according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me.” That’s the level I want to operate on as a man of God.
In one of the rare Psalms when he wasn’t running from or fighting his enemies, David takes a moment here to share a stunning look at the majesty of God and the depth of His love for us.
Psalm 8:3-4 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?
This may be one of my favorite sentiments I’ve read in the bible so far. The next time the sky is clear at night, go outside and stare up at it. Look at the stars and the moon and the majesty and beauty and depth and intricacy of the heavens above us. David calls it the work of God’s fingers, which may be the most beautiful way of describing the heavens you’ll ever hear in your life. Look upon that night sky, and let it really sink in that God did all of that. I like to picture him tending the universe like someone on earth tends a garden. A little black hole here, a nebula there, a dying star over there. I imagine God moving through the cosmos, His form gigantic as He steps over planets, and crosses from galaxy to galaxy. He makes little tweaks here and there as He goes. I like to imagine that it’s a hobby of His, something He enjoys doing.
Stay with me here. Imagine this God of the universe, so massive and infinite. Think of the cosmos, think of Him out there among it, checking on and maintaining the vastness of space that He created. Then think about what David said. What is man that you are mindful of him? This cosmic God, this infinite Lord, creating the heavens with His fingers, and yet, He cares about you and He cares about me.
I pray that there will never be a day that this concept doesn’t fill me with awe and surround me with love. I have zero knowledge why God loves me so much, but I’m so thankful that He does. He could be out there creating more universes, but He’s mindful of me! His thoughts are of me! I don’t know that there’s anything in this world that can make me feel more loved than this sentiment. The God of creation, the God that walked with Adam and Eve, the God that spoke to Moses, the God that sent Jesus to this world, the God of it all, that God loves me and you.
CLOSING AND PRAYER
We’ll be in the book of Psalms all week as I continue to work through the first 24 Psalms. After that, we’re going to take a quick spin through some old testament books and anywhere else the good word of the Lord leads me.
For prayers today, let’s just take a moment and thank God for loving us. Father God, you are a being of infinite power. Universes leap into existence upon your word, and yet you love me, and you think of me. Thank you, Father, for including me in your family, for welcoming me in as one of your children, and for loving me, even when I sometimes feel unlovable. In the precious name of Jesus I pray, amen.
I love you guys! Let’s try to keep Psalm 8 in our minds this week. Take a few minutes each night to go outside and marvel at the night sky. Marvel at the creation of our Lord, and marvel at the fact that He loves us.