Read Psalm 8
Focus on verse 3-4
Perspective changes the way we look at and think about our world. If you have ever seen the work of some of the chalk artists that draw scenes on the pavement – they can make it appear as though there is a massive hole in the road, when there really is none, but we only see it when we look at it from a certain perspective.
Perspective can also have an affect on our worldview. Currently, American culture is very divided on numerous levels, and the divisions are almost entirely due to the different perspectives from which different groups of people are viewing the problems. The nation is divided along racial lines, along financial lines, and along political lines, and it gets very complicated because the political perspectives influence the way the race and poverty problems are understood, and the race and poverty perspectives influence the way politicians and bureaucrats attempt to address the problems.
Not all these different perspectives are wrong, yet very few if any are entirely right. It is not wrong to hold a different or unique perspective and build one’s worldview upon it. Nor is it wrong to attempt to convince others that one’s perspective is the right one. Where it becomes divisive is when the dominant perspective seeks to silence any perspective that runs contrary to the dominant one.
If the best perspective on life is the one that is closest to genuine truth, then we should always welcome and examine new perspectives for elements of truth that might bring us closer to a genuinely accurate perspective on life. Truth has a way of enduring and revealing deception in time. The degree to which humanity resists truth will dictate the level of struggle and pain we will endure as truth is revealed.
In Psalm eight David writes, “When I look at the 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.” David is revealing where he finds his perspective. Humanity was the pinnacle of God’s creation, but humanity was not intended to replace God. The foundational problem that is causing the division and corruption in our nation is not going to be corrected by the right politicians being elected, or the right policies being enforced. The only thing that will correct the foundational issues that are destroying our culture is to take a look at the heavens, the work of God’s fingers and to fall on our faces in awe and proclaim “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name is all the earth.” If we could begin to regain a biblically accurate perspective of God, I believe it would begin to bring some order out of the confusion around us. The question that remains for each of us is “What will I do today to take the next step toward a more accurate perspective of the world around me?”