(What we are all here for)
Have you ever looked at the stars and lost yourself in questions such as “Who am I?”, “Why am I here”?, “What is the point of it all”? We feel so small when we see the vastness of the universe. It makes us ask the deepest questions. In Psalm 8, King David, inspired by God, and no doubt looking up at a clear night sky, also reflected on these deepest of questions…
“LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory in the heavens…
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honour.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:
As the one who made all these everything, His fingerprints can still be seen. “You have set your glory in the heavens” (v1). Another Psalm says “the heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1). They ‘show-off’ God’s
glory – His beauty and worth. The moon and stars show us God is vast, eternal, powerful and beautiful. The creation shows that the creator is ‘glorious’ and more praiseworthy than anything or anyone else. No wonder people often feel closer to God when they are submerged in His creation – His finger prints are everywhere. “Lord our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth”, David sings.
Yet questions about the universe pull us back through time to the biggest question of all “where did it all begin, why are we all here?” The Psalmist puts it this way: “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them”? (v4).
Faced with the vastness of the universe where the size and scope of things could make us feel small and un-important many people conclude “life has no ultimate meaning” – our lives are of no consequence. But
David is captured by a thought that is the antidote to insignificance – “God is thinking of us”! He is “mindful” of us. His mind is full of thoughts of us. He cares for us, and what happens to us. We are important – because we are important to GOD.
The Psalm continues to say that God has “crowned us with glory” (v5) and given a special assignment – to rule and take care of the world (v6). That means than none of us are insignificant, and life is not meaningless. Humanity has a dignity and value and worth all of its own, that God has given it to us.
The most basic purpose we have been given is to look after this world that God has made - to cultivate and take care of it. Yet our purpose is clarified as the glory of God is clarified. Jesus came to show us God’s glory in a way that would clarify and eclipse all other revelations of who God is:
“No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in the closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.” (John 1:18),
“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” (Heb 1:3).
It’s through Jesus that God’s glory comes into focus. God is more than a power – He’s a person.
It’s through Jesus that our glory comes into focus too. Compared to Jesus, we are not all we should be.
We have all fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), failed miserably in the task he gave us. Yet because of all that Jesus did on the cross, we can be given a glorious purpose greater than before. A
purpose restored and renewed. We live “to be to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:11).
What that means, is in the same way that the universe displays the glory of God as creator, we are to display to the glory of God as Saviour – Jesus Christ, Lord of all. The focus of God’s glory and the focus of
our lives. Knowing him and making him known is the greatest purpose any of us could live for.