Our scripture this morning is Psalms 8:3-9.

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place— what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority— the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

This psalm is among many that praise the Lord for His greatness and power. In just a few sentences it recalls the creation of everything that is, the universe and all life on earth. It also reminds us we were made “only a little lower than God” and that it is our responsibility to watch over what God has given us.

It tells us of God’s special love for us and His confidence in placing us over His creation. It’s an awesome gift and an awesome task, but God has faith in us. While we are not always successful or even willing to undertake these things, God is always there to guide us if we let Him.

If you get a chance tonight, go out and observe the stars for a moment. It’s amazing to think we are part of all that exists, made by the loving hand of our Heavenly Father. God has a place and a mission for each of us.

Gracious God, we are grateful for everything You have given us. Bless us to be good stewards of Your creation and love one another as You first loved us. Amen.

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