Thursday, May 31, 2007

    Psalm 8

    Psalm 8 is my text for this Sunday's sermon. Still not quite sure what I'm going to say about it, but I love this passage.

    What a useful scripture text to share with teenagers, many of whom are experiencing times in their life when they feel inadequate and insignificant.

    How they might resonate with the question: "Who am I that you even bother with me, God?" And yet, the Psalm affirms that God does indeed know us, and cares deeply for us, and considers us partners in caring for the earth. Here is a version of the psalm from The Message Bible:

    God, brilliant Lord, yours is a household name.

    Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you;

    toddlers shout the songs

    That drown out enemy talk,

    and silence atheist babble.

    I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,

    your handmade sky-jewelry,

    Moon and stars mounted in their settings.

    Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,

    Why do you bother with us?

    Why take a second look our way?

    Yet we've so narrowly missed being gods,

    bright with Eden's dawn light.

    You put us in charge of your handcrafted world,

    repeated to us your Genesis-charge,

    Made us lords of sheep and cattle,

    even animals out in the wild,

    Birds flying and fish swimming,

    whales singing in the ocean deeps.

    God, brilliant Lord,

    your name echoes around the world.