Psalm 8:1 O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!
Verse 3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
King David, as a youth, spent many hours and days and nights out in the field with his sheep. He came to appreciate his natural environment. He could lie down and look up at the sky and observe all the magnificence of the Milky Way above him. He spent his days looking for fresh green grass for his flocks and most likely appreciated the shade given him by the trees. Because of his situation, he developed an appreciation for the natural creation. As an older man, he was able to express his admiration for God’s creation in the psalms that he wrote.
Many people today live in large cities built by men (or women). They see very little of God’s creation during their day and the night time skies are completely blocked out by the city lights. They have no time to contemplate the transformation of a caterpillar into a butterfly or the movements of an ant. They forget how unique and marvelous God’s creation really is. They don’t know how it all works together in unison and functions perfectly when left alone, untouched by man’s unthinking hand. They get ideas to ‘tame’ and change the earth to suit what they think will be beneficial to their schemes. Then once one thing is changed, they find out perhaps years later how necessary that element was and how it had been part of a whole that sadly no longer exists.
We need to go out into nature and take our children out to experience it. We need to sit and marvel at the miracle of a tree and appreciate the wonder of the night sky. When we do, we, like David, feel how infinitely small we are in the midst of this vast universe and we can wonder, as David did, “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor.” We can receive a true spirit of humbleness and of awe at the creation we live in and our place within it.