Summary: Based on Psalm 8, this sermon asks and answers the question "Who am I that the Lord of all the Earth would care to know my name?" It’s expository, alliterated, and PowerPoint with video clip is avaible upon request.
Concerning the stars, Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that we seem to take them for granted. If constellations were visible only once in a century everyone on Earth would stay up all night to gaze at them. The heavens really are telling the glory of God. But, God is not only the Creator of the Universe, He is the Creator of you and me. David said, “You have made [us] a little lower than yourself” (vs. 5 TEV). Human beings, you and I, are God’s most marvelous creation. That the God of the Universe bothered to create you, proves just how important you are and how valuable you can become when you live your life for Him. You are not an accident. You’re not fluke of nature or a bi-product of irresponsible parents. You were handmade by God Himself. God prescribed every single detail of your body. He deliberately chose your race, the color of your skin, your hair, and every other feature. He custom-made you the way He wanted you. We are wonderfully made! But your value and God’s majesty don’t stop at creation. David also tells us that we are cared for by God.
• CARED FOR BY GOD
David expressed his wonder by saying, “What are people that you should think about them, mere mortals that you should care for them?” (vs. 4 NLT).
What we know today about the size of the Universe makes the Earth and its inhabitants look even more insignificant than they appeared in David’s day. Our knowledge of light years and the reaches of outer space give us even more reason to ask, “What is man that You are mindful of him?” (NKJV). Yet, in His great love, the Lord chose the Earth for Himself and created us in His image. God is mindful of us and He does care for us!
In his book, The Purpose-Driven Life, pastor Rick Warren writes, “Why did God do all this? Why did he bother to go to all the trouble of creating a universe for us? Because he is a God of love. This kind of love is difficult to fathom, but it’s fundamentally reliable. You were created as a special object of God’s love! God made you so he could love you. This is a truth to build your life on.” (p.24)
The Bible says, “I have carried you since you were born; I have taken care of you from your birth. Even when you are old, I will be the same. Even when your hair has turned gray, I will take care of you. I made you and will take care of you. I will carry you and save you” (Isaiah 46:3-4 NCV).
God is constantly demonstrating His love for us. The Bible says that God can “open the windows of heaven, and pour out a great a blessing” that there is not “room enough to receive it” (Mal. 3:10). Just as He once gave fishermen enough fish to sink their boat, so He can give us more blessings than we have capacity to enjoy. The Almighty can “bless you with blessings of heaven above and of the earth beneath… blessings of the grain and flowers, blessings reaching to the utmost bounds of the everlasting hills” (Gen. 49:25-26 TLB).
When, in the general course of life, God’s children enter upon new paths, God’s love and care goes before them. That is, He anticipates the blessings we will require and puts them in our path. He knows what things we have need of before we ask Him. Expectant parents enjoy fixing up the baby’s room during the forty weeks it takes the child to arrive. We know that our little girl will need diapers, so we get some. We know she’ll need to eat, so we buy formula and baby food. We know she’ll sleep a lot, so we put together a complex crib. God goes before us like that.