Reading and Prayer for Thursday, July 23

Psalms 8:3-9
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 majestic is your name in all the earth!

Back to Psalm 8 again, as the Psalmist is wondering how and why the God of all creation both notices and cares for us! Not only that, God has given us a responsibility, to care for creation. When the Psalmist says that God has made us rulers over creation, you must understand that in the Psalmist’s mind, to “rule” means “to have the responsibility of care and protection,” not “to exploit.” Throughout the Bible, God is pictured as the ultimate ruler; those kings and officials who use their authority to exploit or oppress are condemned. The book of Genesis says, (Genesis 2:15), “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.” That’s our job, and part of the way in which we express our gratitude to God.

Prayer

Almighty God, I give thanks for all that I have and all that I am.
Most of all I give thanks for the great gift of your Son, Jesus.
I pray that I may be a good steward – that I will follow faithfully, serve joyfully, give generously, live responsibly and possess sensibly.
In gratitude for the abundant gifts you have so graciously given to me, help me joyfully I return to you the first fruits of these gifts, through acts of service and by generously, sharing all that you have entrusted to me, caring for and enriching your creation for the benefit of all.
Heavenly Father, by your Holy Spirit
Give me knowledge and Understanding, and help me to be a gift to others in your name.
I make this prayer through Christ our Lord.
Amen.