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Go Outside

David Capes
By David Capes
June 10, 2016

When was the last time you stood before God or his creation and expressed praise and thanksgiving.  I'm not talking a mild-manner "thanksgiving," but a full-throated, full-bodied, from the sole of your foot to the top of your head praise for the beauty and goodness of God's creation. These may not be everyday moments, but they can be regular moments if we will do what the author of Psalm 8 suggests.



Psalm 8 is a psalm of David, a celebration of God's majesty as creator but also our unique place in creation.  

 

Psalm 8

1 O Eternal, our Lord,

    Your majestic name is heard throughout the earth;
Your magnificent glory shines far above the skies.
2 From the mouths and souls of infants and toddlers, the most innocent,
    You have decreed power to stop Your adversaries
    and quash those who seek revenge.

3 When I gaze to the skies and meditate on Your creation—
    on the moon, stars, and all You have made,
4 I can’t help but wonder why You care about mortals—
    sons and daughters of men—
    specks of dust floating about the cosmos.

5 But You placed the son of man just beneath God
    and honored him like royalty, crowning him with glory and honor.
6 You ordained him to govern the works of Your hands,
    to nurture the offspring of Your divine imagination;
    You placed everything on earth beneath his feet:
7 All kinds of domesticated animals,
    even the wild animals in the fields and forests,
8 The birds of the sky and the fish of the sea,
    all the multitudes of living things that travel the currents of the oceans.

9 O Eternal, our Lord,
    Your majestic name is heard throughout the earth.

I don't know about you, but most people I know spend their days surrounded by sheetrock, flourescent lights, televisions or computer screens, that is, the things we've made.  And as we move from house to office/school, we hedge ourselves in with a car or truck.  If we're not careful, we may conclude that man, not God,  is the measure of all things. I know many chemists, geologists, physicists, mathematicians, biologists, and doctors who study everyday the stuff God has made and they all come away with a sense of wonder over our universe.  Not all are "Christians," but all are convinced you can't explain the known universe without God.

As this summer gets underway, let me recommend that you travel away from the city and find a place where you can see the Milky Way.  I teach students who have never seen this amazing band of light that flows through the night sky.  Air quality and light pollution make it impossible to see within 20-30 miles of most major cities.   Go outside on a clear night, watch the moon rise as the sun sets, let your gaze be on what God has made.  And who knows, you may write you own psalm? 

 

 


David Capes lives in Texas and is the Academic Dean and Professor of New Testament at Houston Graduate School of Theology. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Religion at Mercer University in Atlanta, his Master's in Divinity and his doctorate in New Testament at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Texas. He is the author of numerous publications and is one of the top scholars and writers for The Voice.

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