Psalm Eight. That Shrinking Feeling

Posted: December 28, 2011 in Interlude (Psalms)

As one would imagine, there were few “perks” to being in Iraq or Kuwait during Operation Iraqi Freedom. The food was horrible, the weather worse, the distance from friends and family almost unbearable. I can say with full confidence, though, that one of the most awesome things I encountered over there was the sky. And when you go over six months without seeing a cloud, you see a lot of sky!

Being able to turn full circle and see nothing but horizon is weird. I’ve seen some parts of the Midwest that come close, but not yet anything that screams “HUGE” to me. There was a perpetual layer of dust on the horizon, too. This made for some of the most amazing sunrises and sunsets that I’ve ever seen, with hues of red, purple, and pink that are undescribable. Even as a non-believer, I was able (to an extent) to appreciate the beauty around me.

The best part, though, was in the late hours of night in the middle of nowhere. I spent a couple weeks away from my unit in an artillary firebase that was set up a few miles from the nearest town. Couldn’t be much further than that, ’cause then the rounds they were firing wouldn’t be able to impact the town. This firebase had a no-light policy in effect, meaning that with the exception of red-lensed flashlights, no other lights were to be visable outside of the tents that we were staying in.

Ever looked at the sky in the middle of a winter night with absolutely no other lights around? It’s amazing. With the naked eye, I could see countless stars and the patchy cloudlike- Milky Way galaxy. With my binoculars, I was stunned. I had never before in my life felt so small.

David knew this feeling well, as we see in Psalm eight. Says he, “When I look at 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…?” David is saying, “Ok, God. I see how big you are. I see how powerful you are that you could not only create these stars, but you can put them where you want them. How, God, is it even possible that as powerful and sovereign as you are, that you could ever be bothered to create man, or to ever love us despite our rebellion towards you?”

David goes on to explain that not only has God given us the time of day, but with the exception of the angels we are God’s highest created beings.


Remember today in your circumstances that God is well aware of where you are, of what you’re going through. Know that He loves you, and that He’s looking after you, even in the worst possible situation you may be in. Are you trusting Him?


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