The Glory of God in Creation. ( Log Out /  The Lord has set His glory “Above the heavens”. A Psalm of David. The Psalmist speaks of “thy fingers” and of “Thy hands”, referring to the power and dexterity of the one who has created all of this. Welcome! It indicates the audience of the Psalm (the Chief Musician), the author of the Psalm (of David) and the sound of the Psalm (the instrument of Gath). Memorize texts that you read. Psalm 8 – A Meditation. What I mean by this is that man is “in between” the animal life, and heavenly life. My feet are on the ground…so are some of my appetites and desires. We need to start the day right. Psalm 8 The psalm is a hymn to God the Creator. In this Psalm David speaks of the glory of God, and how the glory of man and his destiny reflects upon God. In grace, God sent Jesus Christ to redeem us and by raising Him from the dead, bestowed on Him the name that is above every name (Phil. Once a believer, always a believer. Hence,… To the chief musician upon Hagittith. “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8-10 ESV). Man is estranged from God, therefore everything he touches crumbles. Psalm 2 gives interesting context to the political storms of any given day: HT, Blastus, from Handel’s Messiah, sung by a Korean singer. See Psalms on "Psalms 8:3" for further information. On the instrument of Gath. When to thy works on high I raise my wondering eyes, And see the moon, complete in light, Try to put this in your own words and say it to God right now in prayer. But I long for something higher and purer…something this life cannot offer me, which is one of the ways I know that I was made for another “city…whose builder and maker is God”. We know not our time! (Click below for larger diagram). That is the comforting assurance in the Word of God. (Psalm 8:1). Psalm 8:1. How does the Psalmist describe God’s place? What does this mean to you? This right-sized view comes, in part, as a result of our recognition that we know what we know about God because God reveals it to us. In this case, the author is David, and he’s reflecting on nature. Man is mediate. To try to comment on verse 1 is kind of like commenting on the splendor of the Grand Canyon. I especially like to do this with images and scenes that are in the Bible. In the use of this Psalm, then, we anticipate that victory, and in the praise we thus celebrate, we go on from strength to strength, till, with him who is our glorious Head, we appear in Zion before God. (Psalm 73:22), Lord, how great are thy works! Yet God is interested in us! You may be familiar with Paul’s refrain from Ephesians 2. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. 2) On Sunday, we talked about right-sizing our view of ourselves. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! David begins with the exclamation, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth, who have displayed Your sp… Intro: Gift giving is a big part of the Christmas celebration. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. 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? Every week in 2020, I’ll post new guided meditation videos on one verse from each psalm on YouTube and in my Facebook group. Once on the way to heavenly glory, always on the way to that unending glory. Psalm 8 virtually begins and ends in the same way speaking of God's majestic name. Even such as a vast theater as the heavens themselves are inadequate to display God’s glory, as Solomon prayed at the dedication of the temple, But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name throughout the earth, You who have covered the heavens with Your splendor! The other gods were strong; but Thou wast weak; It was probably the experience of David, but the Spirit of Jesus breathes in it. Adam and Eve had a grandson named Enosh, “frail”, when they came to the realization that Cain would not be the promised deliverer, the “seed of the woman”. (Psalm 8:5). In his fallen state, man is noble and bestial at the same time. Read out loud (which is implied in the Hebrew word for meditation in Psalm 1:2). What is man, that thou art mindful of him? Read with a pen in hand. The phrase, the name of the LORD, refers to His person, words, works, attributes and perfections. He cannot create anything lasting, the tide always comes in and crushes the sand castles. Hallelujah! Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. The heavens frighten us; they are too calm; In a recent gathering, one of my students led a guided meditation. Words really can’t do it justice. Retailers are literally banking on it! But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak, The generic conception of Psalm 8 is: “In noticing various created things all around – the moon and stars, young children, birds, fish and other beasts – God’s vast might and glory are unmistakably clear, and He is worthy of great exaltation. God wouldn’t want man to make a life for himself here on earth as though he needed not God! How does this connect to the day you’re about to have (or you just had if you’re doing this at night)? Psalm 8:3 "When I consider." You have set your glory above the heavens. We are not told that man is above animals here, but that he is “A little lower than the Angels…”. Yet the awesome God of glory who fills the heavens with His splendor and majesty, delights to use “babes and sucklings” to fight his battles on earth. Romans 8:17-23. Man is not an animal, He bears the Image and likeness of God. If, when the doors are shut, Thou drawest near, Post was not sent - check your email addresses! “What is man that you are mindful of him, And in particular he’s meditating on man’s place in relation to nature. On the instrument of Gath. He mentions the Son of man, who will be revealed as God incarnate, Immanuel,”God with us”, the representative man. Chapter 8 This psalm is a solemn meditation on, and admiration of, the glory and greatness of God, of which we are all concerned to think highly and honourably. Study a book of the Bible with a good commentary. When ever man becomes forgetful of God, he does indeed become ‘bestial’. Reflection from True Religion (pt. or the son of man that thou visitest him? Jesus is man as He was meant to be, according to the Creator. On this page, you can find a printable guide for the focus verse in each video. On Sunday, we talked about right-sizing our view of ourselves. But the initiative – the offer – comes from Him…by grace. From the lips of babes and infants you have established strength, because of your adversaries, that … Psalm 8 – The Glory of God in Creation The title of this psalm reads, To the Chief Musician. Autoplay next video. But man is not an Angel, nor is man divine. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. 42350 Tall Cedars Parkway We, for our part, must accept what He has offered. behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded? 8: A Poetic Meditation. The 5 week period between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas is the season where approximately 25% of their annual sales takes place! Therefore there is a curse of futility, man is a ruler, but a frail ruler. This is a meditation on Psalm 8 in words, music, and pictures. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. How dependant upon the mercy of God is even the most ardent atheist! there are 31.5 million seconds a year, which would make the distance of one “light year”, 6 trillion miles away! With this in mind, read Psalm 8. A Psalm of David. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. O Lord, our heav'nly King, Thy name is all divine; Thy glories round the earth are spread, And o'er the heav'ns they shine. We often forget that every breath we have is in fact a gift of God. I Have UpDated A Book on False Prophets…(Bill Johnson,Mike Bickle), The Spirit fell while Peter spoke…Acts 10, This is Their Hour, and The Power of Darkness…, A Touching and Insightful Post from a reader, The Loss of the Meat and Drink offerings… Joel pt 3. Man does indeed rule over the earth and the beasts, but man himself, in spite of his technology and mastery over much of God’s creation, is unhappy, frustrated and the rule itself is corrupted, abusive and partial. The murderous Moslem terrorist gains daily sustenance from Jesus, the very one he is constantly persecuting! A Hope that Never Fades. Daily Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism ... Psalm 16:8-10. Psalm 8 Meditation. Unpretentious, seemingly insignificant, not at all self conscious “babes” are the chosen vessels of God’s purposes on earth. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. 1. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Using Biblical imagery can help us to see where we are at in our spiritual journey and to discern what God wants to do in our life. If we have never sought, we seek Thee now; The Psalm is directed to the LORD. Consider all of the action that has taken place and is taking place. 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. Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. All Rights Reserved. This Psalm of David begins and ends with the same phrase, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth” (ESV). This is also an essential perspective in viewing our future. This Psalm is the devout meditation of an afflicted servant of God. Change ). The key assumption named here is this: Fallenness and all, human beings are God’s agents in the world. It begins and ends with the same acknowledgment of the transcendent excellency of God’s name. What is the Psalmist contemplating? ( I Kings 8:27), Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. In Jesus, the last Adam and the New Son of Man, there is a new beginning, a new humanity, redeemed from the effects of the fall, cleansed by His blood, restored back to God and to the glory which we once fell short of. The word The Psalmist  uses for ‘man’ here is Enosh which means ‘the frail’. Hebrews tells us that the Son of Man of this Psalm has indeed come, there really is a new Son of Man, a “Last Adam”! When David had been contemplating the works of creation, their splendour harmony, motion, influence, he lets the plumes of pride fall, and begins to have self-abasing thoughts. For the leader, on the gittith. This is because man was made to look up. Who is the author of the action? He has now demonstrated what he expressed in Psalm 8:2, that the name of Jahve whose glory is reflected by the heavens, is also glorious on earth.Thus, then, he can as a conclusion repeat the thought with which he began, in a wider and more comprehensive meaning, and weave his Psalm together, as it were, into a wreath. There is no higher use of the mind, than to consider the excellency of the name of the LORD. God put into place a “curse of futility” as soon as man fell. Whole Psalm. The earth is subject to decay, bondage and death. Yet, as we meditate on the words of Psalm 8:2, the psalmist reveals a simple response to the challenges of life and faith. (Matthew 11:25-26). Psalm 2: The Reign of the LORD’s Anointed etc. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;(Psalm 8:3). Thanks, Bill. In other words, Psalm 8 needs a savior. The Vatican submitted the text of Psalm 8, making it the first Biblical text to reach the moon. A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this. Today I discuss how Isaiah 40:8 provides hope in a unique way over at LifeLetter Cafe. Our wounds are hurting us; where is the balm? This has been the pattern through out time; not Saul, the seven-foot King, but the diminutive David, the least and forgotten son of Jesse. Learn how your comment data is processed. I am standing on top of a mountain. “And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Whenever we are tempted to boast, even in the quiet of our own thoughts, we are in danger of flying at an altitude for which we were not built. I’m glad you are joining me on a Christian meditation journey through the book of Psalms. God’s strength, majesty and wisdom are often hidden in apparent weakness and folly. Psalm 8:1 (NIV) This psalm speaks of the glory of God. Psalm 8 Poem by Isaac Watts. Hallelujah, there actually is a “new Creation” for He who made it all declares, “Behold I make all things New”. What happened? In all the universe we have no place. This is a Psalm of action. But now we see not yet all things put under him. This is a favorite exercise of people in the Soul Shepherdingseminars and retreats that Kristi and I lead. God bless and I look forward to seeing you back down under early next year! Show us Thy Scars, we know the countersign. Psalm 8: 3-4, NKJV A Psalm of David. Psalm 8 Commentary: Psalm 8 is a reflective or meditative psalm. who hast set thy glory above the heavens. A Bible Devotion from Psalm 8 O Lord, Our Lord, How Excellent is Your Name in all the Earth When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him? (Psalm 8:9). David knew that although the Lord hated the workers of iniquity, He took no pleasure in wickedness. If only we could start all over again? (Psalm 92:5-6), Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;  The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. What is man, so mean a creature, that he should be thus honoured! Yet the planets are held in orbit with mathematical precision. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. Only reveal those hands, that side of Thine; The LORD is Holy…He is good to all… slow to anger…of great mercy… abounding in Kindness and Steadfast love! Meditation on Psalm 8 Meditation on Psalm 8 John Hanson from the Presbyterian Church in Ireland prepared this beautiful reflection of Psalm 8. Their optimism was gone, the reality of the fall of man became evident to her, so  “Enosh”, the frail, was a fitting name. (Psalm 8:1) The Psalm is directed to the LORD. I feel aware That just means, the author wrote it to reflect and meditate on something. Christian Meditation Psalms on Hope. It needs one who would take the punishment for what we deserved. The more men learn about astronomy, the smaller we all seem to be. We are allowed to listen in on the conversation, and to let the Psalm be our own prayer as well. Meditation fits for humiliation. And not a god has wounds, but Thou alone. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? God's sovereignty and goodness. Not mighty Cedars and Oaks such as Rome or Babylon, but lowly Jerusalem, the Myrtle tree in the ravine,and ultimately, not the Palace or even the temple, but into a stable did the Saviour come. The redemptive, he… We were to focus there for a while and then envelop that place in a circle of radiant pink light. so sinful a creature, that he should be thus favoured! Ps. The Poet Edward Shillito , makes this point powerfully, in his priceless poem,Jesus of the Scars”…. : 8:10) 8:10. It is proposed for proof (v. He condescends, “the Lord looked down from heaven…”, he expresses His concern for us to the point that He entered into our world, and fully experienced our humanity, even suffering and dying with us. The “morning” is usually the best time to meditate on the Lord and to pray. In between these two verses, many things are referred to, but in the end, they do not matter. Psalm 8 is a psalm of praise, opening with the words: Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! His photos stem from Africa where he worked for some time and from Ireland where he lives now. The title of this Psalm reads, To the Chief Musician. Commentary on Psalm 63:1-8 View Bible Text . A song of David. And let’s mull over a few questions in response. In the midst of praising God for his creative power, David marvels at the fact that God has created the human race. PSALM 8. The comparative insignificance of humanity. And this is not just concerning our past, and our connection with God. We end where we started by meditating on the splendid eternal glory of God. Verse 4. W. Wilson, D.D., in loc. If only there was a new Adam…a new Son of Man, for a new Creation. 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