Yet the planets are held in orbit with mathematical precision. A Psalm of David. 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? For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. If only there was a new Adam…a new Son of Man, for a new Creation. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. What happened? God put into place a “curse of futility” as soon as man fell. (Click below for larger diagram). (Psalm 73:22), Lord, how great are thy works! I especially like to do this with images and scenes that are in the Bible. 1. And this is not just concerning our past, and our connection with God. The Lord has set His glory “Above the heavens”. The word The Psalmist  uses for ‘man’ here is Enosh which means ‘the frail’. If only we could start all over again? Yet, as we meditate on the words of Psalm 8:2, the psalmist reveals a simple response to the challenges of life and faith. We are allowed to listen in on the conversation, and to let the Psalm be our own prayer as well. Man was given dominion, he was made to be a steward of the earth, and to rule. The key assumption named here is this: Fallenness and all, human beings are God’s agents in the world. In between these two verses, many things are referred to, but in the end, they do not matter. Gave me much needed encouragement. This is because man was made to look up. A Psalm of David. Meditations in the Psalms January 6th Psalm 5: 1-6. David knew that although the Lord hated the workers of iniquity, He took no pleasure in wickedness. 42350 Tall Cedars Parkway Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. It is proposed for proof (v. 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. Commentary on Psalm 8:3-9 (Read Psalm 8:3-9) We are to consider the heavens, that man thus may be directed to set his affections on things above. We have been ruined by sin, can there be a new beginning? How does the Psalmist describe God’s place? But Paul has not finished with his work in helping us right-size our self-understanding. If, when the doors are shut, Thou drawest near, The other gods were strong; but Thou wast weak; Therefore there is a curse of futility, man is a ruler, but a frail ruler. What I mean by this is that man is “in between” the animal life, and heavenly life. The Poet Edward Shillito , makes this point powerfully, in his priceless poem,Jesus of the Scars”…. David begins with the exclamation, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth, who have displayed Your sp… PSALM 8. You just need to get out of the way and let people see it! Posted on July 5, 2020 July 5, 2020 Author kairosfocus Comments(69) Spread the love. Psalm 8: 3-4, NKJV Hallelujah! Hence,… Psalm 8 – A Meditation. It was probably the experience of David, but the Spirit of Jesus breathes in it. Man is not an animal, He bears the Image and likeness of God. Lord Jesus, by Thy Scars, we claim Thy grace. Every week in 2020, I’ll post new guided meditation videos on one verse from each psalm on YouTube and in my Facebook group. How does this connect to the day you’re about to have (or you just had if you’re doing this at night)? O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name throughout the earth, You who have covered the heavens with Your splendor! And not a god has wounds, but Thou alone. Psalm 8 Meditation. The more men learn about astronomy, the smaller we all seem to be. I am standing on top of a mountain. In the midst of praising God for his creative power, David marvels at the fact that God has created the human race. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! 2) On Sunday, we talked about right-sizing our view of ourselves. (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. We often forget that every breath we have is in fact a gift of God. Similar to the way that we meditate on a Scripture passage we can meditate on a work of art, picture, or nature scene. Unpretentious, seemingly insignificant, not at all self conscious “babes” are the chosen vessels of God’s purposes on earth. Psalm 8:1 (NIV) This psalm speaks of the glory of God. Before an expanse so vast that it frightens me. We must have sight of thorn-pricks on Thy brow, One unseen germ can fell the mightiest man! A meditation, on Psalm 2. See Psalms on "Psalms 8:3" for further information. Only reveal those hands, that side of Thine; etc. What is the Psalmist contemplating? Today I discuss how Isaiah 40:8 provides hope in a unique way over at LifeLetter Cafe. A song of David. The 5 week period between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas is the season where approximately 25% of their annual sales takes place! and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Man is mediate. My feet are on the ground…so are some of my appetites and desires. 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”. But now we see not yet all things put under him. 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). 8: A Poetic Meditation. (Matthew 11:25-26). You may be familiar with Paul’s refrain from Ephesians 2. Read with a pen in hand. 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? 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. 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. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. ( Log Out /  God's sovereignty and goodness. 127 How wonderful is thy name in all the earth, to set 128 thy glory above the heavens! Psalm 2 gives interesting context to the political storms of any given day: HT, Blastus, from Handel’s Messiah, sung by a Korean singer. In other words, Psalm 8 needs a savior. To the chief musician upon Hagittith. His meditation was motivated by this attribute of our Lord. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. (Psalm 8:4). Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. (Hebrews 2:6-8), O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! The phrase, the name of the LORD, refers to His person, words, works, attributes and perfections. 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. ( Log Out /  But the initiative – the offer – comes from Him…by grace. In this Psalm David speaks of the glory of God, and how the glory of man and his destiny reflects upon God. 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. 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. Yet God is interested in us! Change ). Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. The phrase, the name of the LORD, refers to His person, words, works, attributes and perfections. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! How dependant upon the mercy of God is even the most ardent atheist! The “morning” is usually the best time to meditate on the Lord and to pray. 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. You have set your glory above the heavens. In this case, the author is David, and he’s reflecting on nature. What is man that thou art mindful of him? On Sunday, we talked about right-sizing our view of ourselves. On the instrument of Gath. Man is estranged from God, therefore everything he touches crumbles. We need to start the day right. That just means, the author wrote it to reflect and meditate on something. God wouldn’t want man to make a life for himself here on earth as though he needed not God! Reflection from True Religion (pt. What a wonderful reminder at the end of verse 3 – “and will look up.” A Psalm of David. Words really can’t do it justice. 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. Verse 4. Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. Whole Psalm. Christian Meditation Psalms on Hope. Study a book of the Bible with a good commentary. 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. This is a meditation on Psalm 8 in words, music, and pictures. (Psalm 8:6-8). Everything breaks down and all of man’s accomplishments are written on sand. W. Wilson, D.D., in loc. It begins and ends with the same acknowledgment of the transcendent excellency of God’s name. We are allowed to listen in on the conversation, and to let the Psalm be our own prayer as well. God’s strength, majesty and wisdom are often hidden in apparent weakness and folly. Learn how your comment data is processed. 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”. Hallelujah, there actually is a “new Creation” for He who made it all declares, “Behold I make all things New”. 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. Meditation on Psalm 8 Meditation on Psalm 8 John Hanson from the Presbyterian Church in Ireland prepared this beautiful reflection of Psalm 8. The LORD is Holy…He is good to all… slow to anger…of great mercy… abounding in Kindness and Steadfast love! there are 31.5 million seconds a year, which would make the distance of one “light year”, 6 trillion miles away! 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