How Great Thou Art by Virgil Stripes
Psalm 8:1-9 (ESV)
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
When I read this Psalm, two things come to mind. First, the song, How Great Thou Art - that great classic church hymn. Second, Jesus quotes this psalm when He was questioned by the Pharisees after He cleansed the Temple, about the children crying out “Hosanna to the Son of David” Matthew 21:16. This psalm is also quoted in Hebrews, and Job.
I love the mountains, love to camp, and stare up at the stars in the sky. I love looking over the mountains at the view of ridge after ridge. My soul rejoices in the handiwork of God creating this planet on which we live. To think that He made all this that we would have the ability to enjoy life as we struggle through on this planet. Yet the Scriptures also tell us that, “No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—1 Corinthians 2:9 (ESV) So no matter how good or how bad this life is, we can look forward to spending eternity with God in the New Heaven and New Earth that Jesus is preparing for us.
As we wonder about the majesty and glory of God, let us sing His praises. The Scriptures tell us to pray without ceasing. And when I think of all that He does and has done for me, Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee, how great Thou art. How truly great Thou art!