Psalm 8:

1 Lord, our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth!

You have set your glory in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

Lord, our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth!

Have you ever witnessed a sunrise on a cold morning from a treeless vantage point or a sunset on the edge of a mountain, or heard a mourning dove call late in the evening, or chased leaves falling from a tree in October?  Have you ever stood at the base of a waterfall and wondered how long ago it was only a stream?  Have you ever watched for shooting stars at night and wondered how the ancients learned to sail using the constellations as guides?  Have you watched a tree grow from a seedling to become large enough to hang a swing on?  Have you ever had stick races in a stream with a close friend?  Have you ever watched the wind blow in the trees above you but felt calm on the trail?  Have you heard the still small voice in any of these settings?  Elijah did in 1 Kings: 19.

The Lord calls and speaks to us in all kinds of places and circumstances.  Some of us have access to the great outdoors and experience God there, but His presence can also be found in the face of an old friend bed-bound in a nursing home.  Whatever your circumstances today, listen carefully: He may be calling.

Lord, our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth!

Dr. Arland Compton