What is Man that You are Mindful of Him?
Chaplain Aleesa J. Naish
Princeton Baptist Medical Center
"When I look up at the heavens, which your fingers made, and see the moon and the stars, which you set in place,
Of what importance is the human race, that you should notice them? Of what importance is mankind, that you should pay attention to them, and make them a little less than the heavenly beings? You grant mankind honor and majesty." (Psalm 3:3-5)
In 1979, Tom Fettke, a prolific composer of sacred choral music, composed an anthem that has become a timeless classic for many church choirs and congregations. “The Majesty and Glory of Your Name” weaves together the eloquent text of the psalmist with the beautiful melodies and harmonies of Fettke, creating a musical score with unimaginable vibrant images of heaven in the minds of any who may hear.
When considering creation, we may be reminded of light and darkness, the moon and the stars, the birds of the air and the fish of the sea and all living creatures that inhabit this earth. Yet, as fantastic as those may be, God is not finished. For God still has his most exquisite creation yet to be made . . . humankind . . . Us. It is inconceivable that when we try to express our thoughts and understanding of this “work” we are like babies searching for words which we cannot find. The beauty of God’s creation is more than anything we can fathom, and beyond that, He has charged and entrusted us with the caring of His creation.
What does that say about God’s faith in humankind? He believes in us! He believes that we are able (and willing) to accept His calling and to fulfill our purpose—to care for His world—whether it is the land or sea, the beasts of the field, the young or the old, the rich or the poor. We are called to care for the least of these.
Is it not prophetic how God, at the dawn of creation, charged us with the caring of His world in much the same way Jesus charged us to take up our cross and follow him? Today and every day, challenge yourself to accept and live your life in a way that brings Christ’s light to God’s world and weaves together a fabric of peace, love, and acceptance of all.
Prayer: Creator God, today and every day, help us to be Your light and presence in a world you have entrusted to us. Amen.