Mystery. It’s a word we are rarely comfortable with, but one we can’t live without. A world without mystery is world without wonder; a world without wonder is a world without worship. In our modern era, every truth is subject to the mastery of the microscope. Every truth is atomized, every danger manageable, every curiosity critiqued. Our scientific age has expanded our lifespan and increased our daily comfort, but it has robbed us of the beauty of the transcendent.
In contrast to this, the Psalms stand in awe of the mystery of God. Psalm 8 declares:
“O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at 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,
and the son of man that you care for him?”
Notice, God’s name is majestic because—mystery of mysteries—he confounds enemies by infants and ponders on the people that inhabit the earth. The Psalmist has only one question in view of this: why? Why would the God who created Jupiter worry about humans? Humanity seems insignificant in view of the vast cosmos; a speck on the vast canvas of the universe. Yet, not only is God interested in the innerworkings of the world, he has invested inestimable value in us:
Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also, the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
Created in the image of God, granted dominion over the world. The majesty of God is witnessed in his willingness to share his reign with his creation. The Creator doesn’t hold on to his power with a tightfisted grip, but opens his hand in generous, self-giving love. This is the true majesty of the Lord: indescribably mighty, yet unimaginably meek in his interaction with humanity.
Yet, the most comforting thought in this Psalm is that our God is mindful of you. Yes, you—the very one reading this article. He knows how many hairs you have on your head. He knows your greatest fears, your doubts, and your concerns. He knows your hopes and dreams and disappointments. The Lord who spoke the sun into existence thinks about you and loves you.
Now that’s a beautiful mystery.