Forty Days of Prayer March 12, 2013
All too often we take things for granted. Children take their parents for granted and expect service at a moments notice. Spouses take each for granted and that is sometimes the cause of problems in marriage. I believe we also take for granted the great privilege and blessing of prayer. Hear the words of David in the 8th Psalm.
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8)
This Psalm shows the great contrast between God and humanity. David looks at the heavens and the stars in the sky and also the moon. These are all things the fingers of God have set in place. The name of God is majestic above all things and this is repeated at the beginning and end of this Psalm. Here also is humanity made a little lower than heavenly beings. Why would God care about them? Yes that is just what God does. He cares enough to come and to listen to all of our prayers.
As I was reading this Psalm this morning it reminded me of a short story called “The Visited Planet” by JB Phillips. You can look it up on line but the short of it is that a young angel is soaring through the universe and shown all things marvelous and incredible and then the senior angel points to earth and says let me tell you about this planet. That is where the Prince of Glory went to reside. Why? How? Then the message of Jesus coming into this world is given from the perspective of heaven. You hear in a new way the wonder of Jesus the Son of God. Prayer is a bridge from earth to heaven that Jesus made when He came from heaven to earth. Thank you Lord, for that bridge.
In Christ’s Service, Pastor Dave
Dear Lord, thank you for caring for me. Thank you for listening to me every day. When I see the universe in all its glory I stand in awe, but even more is the awe I have when I consider how You have cared for me and listen to me every day. Thank You. Ame