Last year I spent about a month immersed in the poetry of Psalm 8, but no matter how many times I read them, verses 3 and 4 always strike me to the core:
When I consider your heavens,Psalm 8:3-4 NIV
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is [humankind] that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
Most gracious God,
We are surrounded by Your creation: the sky, the stars, the moon, the sun, the plains, the mountains, the ocean, the animals, our fellow human beings. Yet far too often we take each for granted. We rush from place to place and moment to moment. Far too often we are a hurried people who don’t pause long enough to see the beauty of Your world. Forgive us, Lord, for being so consumed with whatever it is that we have to do today that we don’t take the time to see Your hand in all things. Work in our hearts. Help us to pause and see; to stop and reflect; to gaze and marvel. Truly, when we consider the marvels and wonders of Your creation, Your love for us is that much more amazing. Transform us into a people that do not hurry, but rather that seek You and Your ways in all that we think, say, and do.
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