Irvin Wasswa- Tylertown Campus Pastor LHBC

Psalm 8:1-4
O Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
2  Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
    to still the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?

The song Speechless by Steven Curtis Chapman became of my favorite songs I would listen to when I became a Christian back in high school. Though the song is an oldie, it’s a goodie in that in its lyrics it described how the grace of God in his life simply left him speechless and in awe. The chorus of the song goes like this: 

And I am speechless
I’m astonished and amazed
I am silenced by Your wondrous grace
You have saved me
You have raised me from the grave
And I am speechless in Your presence now
I’m astounded as I consider how
You have shown us
A love that leaves us speechless

To be honest, there are seasons of life where I feel the exact same way. I take a step back and begin to ponder on God’s grace in my life and all I can say is “Wow”. For a preacher that is rare to be left speechless, but that is what the grace of God does. I believe that is where David is in his description of the Lord here in Psalm 8. Now the context of the Psalm is that it is praise to God, but I love what David says in v.3-4. He looks at God’s creation and ponders on how God could be mindful of mankind. It’s almost as though he is in a state of shock and awe himself. In his question he knows he’s unworthy of the love and the grace of God and he can’t help but be amazed how the Lord loves and cares for him.

In the same way friends, the grace the Lord has shown us in our life ought to leave us speechless. As we look out and admire the work of God: how He spoke the world into existence, and woven creation to this beautiful masterpiece, we ought to be in awe that He cared enough for mankind to make a way for their redemption. Because of His love for mankind, He sent Jesus to die on a cross in our place so we can experience a relationship with Him again by repentance and faith.Think about that for a second. Isn’t that amazing? That is hard to fathom if we are being honest. Romans 5 tells us we were enemies of God because of our sin with no way out, but God demonstrated His love for us that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. The truth of the Gospel ought to leave us in awe. Who are we that God was mindful of us? We do not deserve God’s care, yet He demonstrated it by sending His son to die.

I have said this before and I will say it again: May we never become too familiar with the Gospel that the message becomes numb to us as believers. Whether you were saved at 7 or 77, the fact you are a child of God in Christ is a miracle by the grace of God. That truth ought to lead you to worship yes, but also lead you to wander in awe and amazement. When is the last time you spent some time simply marveling at the grace of God in your life? I encourage you today at some point to spend some time outside admiring His creation, reflecting on how the One who created all of it loves and cares for you. May it leave you speechless and in awe of His grace. 

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you so much for Your love and grace! Stir my love and affections for You more deeply today as I reflect on the grace You have shown me in my life. Help for me to never take for granted the fact that You love and care for me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Psalm 8:9
O Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!