Reading and Prayer for Wednesday, July 22

Psalm 8

Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against 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 mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?
…Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Did you see the comet? I hope you did! And while you are out there, turn right around to face the southeast, and the brightest star you’ll see, low in the sky, is Jupiter, with Saturn, smaller and less bright, to the left. Pointing my telescope at them, I can clearly see Jupiter’s moons and the broad bands of colour circling the planet. Moving to Saturn, the rings are magnificent, one of creation’s glories.
Small wonder the Psalmist, with the heavens stretched out before him, is astonished that God notices us at all – let alone hears the praise of children and infants.
From the great to the small, God is Lord of all!

Prayer
God of the great and the small,
Help us to see you in all things,
And to be reminded of your presence and your care.
We thank you that your glory shines forth Through the wonder of creation, As well as through the songs and prayers of the smallest child.
Hear our prayers of praise, Father;
Help us, when circumstances overwhelm us, To remember your constant, faithful love, Which reaches from the smallest to the greatest, From the heavens to the earth.
Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!