Verse and Prayer for Friday: 5 June 2020

Psalm 8, verses 3-8 in particular:

O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  You have set your glory above the heavens.  Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.  When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?  Ye you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honour.  You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the seas whatever passes along the paths of the seas.  O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Last Friday we heard God talking to Job, asking Job if humans were equal to God, and thought about God’s creative divinity and human’s inability to control the sea monsters.  Today we read David’s psalm acknowledging God’s divine sovereignty and marvelling that while we are not equal to God He has, nevertheless, given us dominion over the rest of God’s creation; we do not control creation, but we do have dominion over it.  Allowing us to tame it to our needs, He has also entrusted us with responsibility to care for it.

Father God, help us to take our responsibilities seriously, seeking your guidance as to how you want us to care for your world as we use its resources for our sustenance and comfort.  Thank you that fuel consumption has reduced and air quality improved with less traffic on the roads at this time.  Thank you that more people are learning how to grow some of their own food, enjoying fresh produce and the satisfaction that they have grown it, while reducing the environmental damage of food travel miles and saving on wasteful packaging.  O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!  

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