A Ray Of Light

Mountain Sunlight Lovely View

Amidst all the depressing laments we find one psalm of praise.  In Psalm 8, God wis worshiped for his name and his majesty.  The first, “O LORD”, is a translation of YHWH, God’s name.  The second Lord is just the expression of lowliness and submission on the part of the singer.  If we were singing this to Jesus, for example, we might say, “Jesus, my Lord”.  The name YHWH is seen as a powerful aspect of who God is.  God allows his name to be used in the Old Testament only with complete reverence.  The transcendence of God is reflected in his name and all of God’s creation.  This leads to the expression, “How Majestic!”

Psalm 8

For the director of music. According to gittith.[b] A psalm of David.

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

   You have set your glory
   in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
   you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
   to silence the foe and the avenger.
3 When I consider your heavens,
   the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
   which you have set in place,
4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
   human beings that you care for them?[c]

 5 You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e]
   and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
   you put everything under their[g] feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
   and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
   and the fish in the sea,
   all that swim the paths of the seas.

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

Questions

  1. How does ‘inclusio’ (look it up), reveal the theme of this psalm?
  2. How is the creative power of God represented?
  3. How is human frailty contrasted with God?
  4. When was the last time you sensed God’s greatness and your own smallness?
  5. What songs do you sing about God’s majesty?

Going Deeper

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qm8BVF1NPfE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erTSh-vhuxA&feature=related

About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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