A Prayer for the Week – May 20, 2020

1 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. 3 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? 5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings [angels] and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, 7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8, ESV)

Lord, all authority, dominion, and power belongs to you. Your glory is beyond my comprehension, and as glorious as the creation is, you are more glorious. Your ways are far beyond mine. The sky, stars, and moon are a display of your power and glory. The variety of animal life and the beauty of your creation direct us to seek your beauty and majesty which is beyond it. And yet, you have found it worthwhile to think about your people, and even me. You created us to rule over your creation and it was corrupted by our sin. So, you sent your Son to become lower than angels, humbly, to restore us to your intended place. In Jesus you are setting things back to rights as you intended, and restoring your creation and your people as well. Your works are magnificent, and contemplating your grace brings us into amazement. How wonderful must your love be to offer rescue at the price of the blood of your Son to we who have corrupted your good creation. Since you would go to those lengths to reconcile me, let me not doubt your loving hand of providence in my circumstances. Conform me to the image of your Son Jesus, who died for me, and rose again to give me the hope of life forever with you. Thank you Lord, Amen.

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