Fall Creek Friends
11345 Karnes Rd.
Hillsboro, Ohio 45133

Pastor's Pen

 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which
thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him?  and the son of man, that
thou visitest him? – Psalm 8: 3 – 4

       I am just one of the seven point seven billion people who are living on plant earth
in the year of 2019.  The sheer volume of that number boggles my mind in this regard.  
The bible teaches me that there is a God who sits high and looks low and is intimately
connected and concerned about me.  Me, one of the seven point seven billion people
in the world.  When I listen to people who are traveling or have traveled to countries all
over the world I am awed by all of the places they have been.  The variety of cultures,
the topography, the cities, the countryside’s, the flora and the fauna speak to the
vastness of the human experience.  There is the weather that people encounter, the
politics, and the varying degrees of standards of living.  Then there is the age of the
cultures and historical landmarks and architecture.  It reminds me of the Genesis
account where the Lord came down and mixed up the languages at the tower of Babel.  
David as one of the praise psalms wrote this eighth psalm.  The psalm starts out by
praising God for His nature and his name.  It is worth noting that when the Lord created
man he was made in the image of God.  Adam was the crowning achievement in
creation.  When man fell into sin in the Garden of Eden he lost the relationship that
was originally intended.  Even though David was known as a man after God’ heart he
was still capable of some very serious sins.  God’s plan for the nation of Israel was that
they would be a light to the nations of the world.  Through their love and obedience to
Him the world would have a model of what the committed life looked like in all totality
from the nation as a whole to the individual in particular.  In light of the majesty of God
it is amazing that he has entrusted this world that He created to man to have dominion
over. I agree with David in his estimation of how he sees himself in relation to God, in
relationship to the universe man is very insignificant yet the Lord still loves us
immensely.  In regards to how big the universe is it is truly amazing that God even
chooses to pay any regard to man at all.  Jesus taught that even the numbers of hairs
on our heads are kept track of by the Lord.  To think that when I pray and call on the
Lord of all creation my Heavenly Father and I am just one of billions that could have
that privilege is all most mind-boggling.  Man was created, as God’s representative on
earth to have dominion over creation not to be God but a little lower than God, an
image bearer.  God’s name, which speaks of His character, is full of splendor and
should be exalted.  Even though I am only one I have been given the privilege to lift up
His name and to praise Him for who and what He is and for even caring for me.

H. Scott Latimer