behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded? 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”! 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. 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. We, for our part, must accept what He has offered. Romans 8:17-23. But the initiative – the offer – comes from Him…by grace. That just means, the author wrote it to reflect and meditate on something. The other gods were strong; but Thou wast weak; South Riding, VA 20152. We must have Thee, O Jesus of the Scars. What happened? I feel aware The “morning” is usually the best time to meditate on the Lord and to pray. 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. Christian Meditation Psalms on Hope. Read prayerfully. 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). A study of Psalm 8 will help to see what an “indescribable, unspeakable gift” God’s Son, Jesus really is! Psalm 8 Commentary: Psalm 8 is a reflective or meditative psalm. What is man that thou art mindful of him? Psalm 8 virtually begins and ends in the same way speaking of God's majestic name. On the instrument of Gath. Thine eyes burn through the dark, our only stars; With this in mind, read Psalm 8. David knew that although the Lord hated the workers of iniquity, He took no pleasure in wickedness. Verse 4. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! The earth is subject to decay, bondage and death. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. 1. In the midst of praising God for his creative power, David marvels at the fact that God has created the human race. (Psalm 8:9). Study a book of the Bible with a good commentary. Yet, as we meditate on the words of Psalm 8:2, the psalmist reveals a simple response to the challenges of life and faith. That is the comforting assurance in the Word of God. Our wounds are hurting us; where is the balm? This is a favorite exercise of people in the Soul Shepherdingseminars and retreats that Kristi and I lead. (Hebrews 2:6-8), O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! He mentions the Son of man, who will be revealed as God incarnate, Immanuel,”God with us”, the representative man. ( Log Out /  You have set your glory above the heavens. Copyright 2021, Gateway Community Church. The spatial heavens are the theater of his glory, that is, his splendor, majesty,power,beauty, and his light. To try to comment on verse 1 is kind of like commenting on the splendor of the Grand Canyon. Man was given dominion, he was made to be a steward of the earth, and to rule. But man is not an Angel, nor is man divine. 2) On Sunday, we talked about right-sizing our view of ourselves. Show us Thy Scars, we know the countersign. He cannot create anything lasting, the tide always comes in and crushes the sand castles. The heavens frighten us; they are too calm; Autoplay next video. Today I discuss how Isaiah 40:8 provides hope in a unique way over at LifeLetter Cafe. This is a meditation on Psalm 8 in words, music, and pictures. W. Wilson, D.D., in loc. In this week’s episode of Midweek Meditations, we take a look at Psalm 8:2 reminding us of the power of child-like faith. Once on the way to heavenly glory, always on the way to that unending glory. You may be familiar with Paul’s refrain from Ephesians 2. Jesus is man as He was meant to be, according to the Creator. O Jehovah, our Lord! Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. ( Log Out /  Psalm 8 Poem by Isaac Watts. Once a child of God, always a child of God. We know to-day what wounds are, have no fear, Hallelujah! David, reflecting upon God’s fatherly beneficence towards mankind, is not content with simply giving thanks for it, but is enraptured by the contemplation of it. Psalm 8:1. The key assumption named here is this: Fallenness and all, human beings are God’s agents in the world. Reflection from True Religion (pt. or the son of man that thou visitest him? (Click below for larger diagram). 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. 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”. They rode, but Thou didst stumble to a throne; Their optimism was gone, the reality of the fall of man became evident to her, so  “Enosh”, the frail, was a fitting name. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Lord Jesus, by Thy Scars, we claim Thy grace. We have been ruined by sin, can there be a new beginning? “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. (Psalm 8:1). etc. It frames the content of the Psalm in the praise of the majesty of God. Whole Psalm. Similar to the way that we meditate on a Scripture passage we can meditate on a work of art, picture, or nature scene. We end where we started by meditating on the splendid eternal glory of God. “What is man that you are mindful of him, God put into place a “curse of futility” as soon as man fell. and thy thoughts are very deep. The Psalm is directed to the LORD. This is also a Psalm of contemplation. In a recent gathering, one of my students led a guided meditation. How dependant upon the mercy of God is even the most ardent atheist! Psalm 8:3 "When I consider." If only there was a new Adam…a new Son of Man, for a new Creation. Psalm 8 – A Meditation. You just need to get out of the way and let people see it! Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 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. God’s agents Psalm 8 [Published in Mennonite Weekly Review, 9/20/10] In Psalm 8 we encounter one of those key passages scattered throughout the Bible that bring to the surface the basic assumptions of its teaching as a whole. The Glory of God in Creation. so sinful a creature, that he should be thus favoured! The murderous Moslem terrorist gains daily sustenance from Jesus, the very one he is constantly persecuting! O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name throughout the earth, You who have covered the heavens with Your splendor! 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”. The word The Psalmist  uses for ‘man’ here is Enosh which means ‘the frail’. Unpretentious, seemingly insignificant, not at all self conscious “babes” are the chosen vessels of God’s purposes on earth. Distances between stars are measured in hundreds and even thousands of light years,(186,000 miles a second)! Only reveal those hands, that side of Thine; and the son of man, that thou visitest him? 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. It begins and ends with the same acknowledgment of the transcendent excellency of God’s name. 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