Thoughts on Psalm 8

A few thoughts as I read Psalm 8 recently:

1 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

I know others have said it but when you look at the heavens through the Hubble telescope, it  is pretty glorious. Even then, night sky when it’s free from light pollution, is still stunning. God made all that to reveal how amazing he is. Wow! Take a look here http://hubblesite.org/gallery/album/ for some amazing Hubble photos.

2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. (ESV)

מִפִּי עוֹלְלִים וְיֹנְקִים יִסַּדְתָּ עֹז לְמַעַן צוֹרְרֶיךָ לְהַשְׁבִּית אוֹיֵב וּמִתְנַקֵּם׃[1] (The Hebrew)

from the mouth of sucklings and ones who suck you have established/fixed strength (oz) for the sake of (in order that) your oppressors/ones who show hostility to you, to cause to cease/desist (hiphil) ones who hate and ones who avenges. (My literal translation)

 through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies (NIV)

So basically, God has enemies and the way he silences them, the way he deals with them, the way he overcomes their hostility, is through little babies’ praise of him. He takes weaklings and in their praise establishes his strength. As we worship Jesus a fortress is established that cannot be overcome. The ancient city of Troy was impregnable. The reason was its walls. Troy was ‘well-founded’ ‘strong-built’ and ‘well-walled’. Its walls were ‘high’ and ‘steep’. The only reason the city was taken was because they opened their gates and wheeled in a Trojan horse full of hiding soldiers. Well, the strong wall around God, set against his enemies, runs right through the praise and worship of the weak things of the world.  What a wall!

 

3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

We should look at the stars, the galaxies, the nebula and feel very small. We should have that feeling. But then God’s love and care should hit us like a flash bang. Flash bangs are what special forces lob in before they go into a room, guns blazing. They leave the occupants blinded and dazed so they can be picked off easily. God’s love should leave you stunned. It is unfathomable, incomprehensible, mind blowing, heart overloading. The key thing here is that the one loving us, is the one who made the glorious heavens. This is the one who loves little old us.

5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honour.

Again, we should feel small. We are small. But we should also feel that crown of glory pressed on our heads. It’s the crown of God’s love and grace. The value he puts on us. The cost that Jesus paid for us. Can you feel it? It is weighty. It kind of makes your neck wobble and you have to reach up and steady it with your hands.

6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet, 7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

We have been given authority over everything. Something to remember when you find yourself in a field of bulls or pestered by seagulls. “Oh get away!” But it’s about more than throwing our weight around in London Zoo. We can tell mountains to move. Bodies to be healed. Spiritual oppression to let go. We can call people to respond to Jesus in repentance and faith.

The glory we have is not just in the love we have been shown, but the glory we have been given over the earth. In fact the ruler of this world is a snake to be crushed beneath our feet.

But wait a moment. How is all this possible? The NT tells us. Through faith in Jesus we are put in Christ. God was incarnate in Jesus, that is God became a man. And God was fully glorified in him. Jesus, as a man crushed Satan, resisting him and then triumphing over him through the cross. He rose again and then as a man he was given all authority. Jesus has the crown but in Christ we are crowned with his glory and his authority to now walk in and workout Jesus’ son ship and victory.

9 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! 

To right it is. Amen!

 


[1] The Hebrew Bible: Andersen-Forbes Analyzed Text. (2008). (Ps 8:3). Logos Bible Software.

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