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Praying the Psalms – Psalm 8: Humility

The Psalms is a book of prayers. It covers a wide range of human emotions and can be a catalyst for when you don’t know what to say to God! Join me as I pray through the Psalms. I would love for you to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments, and I will pray for you right here on the blog.

Psalm 8 (Original text, NIV)

“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of 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 man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?

You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.

You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

A prayer inspired by Psalm 8:

Lord, you created everything we see here. Even in my small life, I’ve seen and experienced things that have amazed me. Fluorescent sunrises and sunsets. Frost that intricately coats tree branches, and then sparkles in the air when the wind catches it. The intoxicating aroma of a warm June day. The music of a child’s laughter.

And that’s only what I can see. That’s only what I know. You created, not only all those things, but the things that stretch beyond my sight and experience. You’re more amazing than the most amazing things, though I cannot comprehend it.

Incomprehensible, yet accessible to the smallest child. I thank you for the faith of children. For how soft their hearts are to your gentle touch. For how quickly they put their faith in you, with abandon. For how you use them, to bring light and joy and drive away darkness.

And to think of it – that this great big story, which you are slowly weaving, revolves around us, as small and insignificant and slight as we are? Just the other day, I was reflecting on how little I’ve traveled. But even if I had seen the whole world, that is only a fraction of what you have made. In the midst of all of that – could we really be the object of your affection and attention? That’s what you said. And Jesus proved it.

We may boast of human progress, but all that advancement, all that glory, is only there because you have bestowed it. You have allowed it. It’s not to our credit.

You’ve given us some abilities, sure – but even more than that, I think, it’s because of your permission that we have been able to do what we’ve done. You’ve allowed us to use the things that you made – to learn, to discover, to build.

But let us never forget, that you are the source. Help us to submit to your sovereign rule, and not become all puffed up with pride, as if we had made the world ourselves.

Amen.

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As mentioned earlier, please feel free to add your prayers and prayer requests in the comments. I would love to pray with and for you. May you be blessed today!

Warm wishes,

Lisa

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Hi, I'm Lisa, a born-and-bred-in-Manitoba mom of 2 boys. Having lived in 7 different Manitoba towns or cities, I've managed to stay warm in them all πŸ˜œβ„. I am trained as a music therapist but currently work as a fulltime stay-at-home-mom by day, and a piano teacher in the evenings. By night, well...I sleep. Usually.

10 thoughts on “Praying the Psalms – Psalm 8: Humility

  1. “We may boast of human progress, but all that advancement, all that glory, is only there because you have bestowed it. You have allowed it. It’s not to our credit.”

    I’ve been struggling with this and similar thoughts for a while and was just praying about them again today: “I don’t want to be on social media or learn marketing or learn to be business-minded, Lord. I just want to write and stay in my safe bubble where pride and likes and follows and subscribers and watching everyone else’s success doesn’t make me feel like a loser or whip my priorities out of shape.” Yep. That was my prayer. Lame-o.

    And you know what flew into my mind right then? “Be in the world and not of the world.” And somehow, I knew that God was saying, “I know it would be easier for you to ‘do the right thing’ and keep your heart and priorities in line if you didn’t have to engage online, but that’s not real life. You’re in the world. My challenge to you is to be in the world while continually depending on me to keep you from being of the world. It’ll be hard. You’ll mess up a lot. And I’ll be right here while you’re figuring it all out.”

    Can I just say – that’s not what I wanted to hear. But I know he’s right.

    So, Jesus, here we are. You gave us the desire and a growing ability to write. Come bless us with humility, too. With discernment, wisdom, and grace as we journey along this confusing road. We choose to trust you because we know your plan will be better than what our’s was. And whatever “sucess” we gain, help us to always remember it’s a gift from you, not something we’ve earned ourselves. Amen.

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    1. Amen. I don’t really know what more I can add. That was perfect. I definitely feel along with the idea of hiding from all that stuff to avoid getting my priorities mixed up or feeling like a loser. I’ve been telling myself – if God wants something to happen, then it will. He does seem to prompt when it’s time to step out a little more. Lord, as Sara said, help us to be in the world to the extent that you call us without being of the world. Lord, we put our trust in you. Help us to be at peace with whatever your plans are. Amen.

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