How does the Psalmist describe man’s place in things? PSALM 8. (Hebrews 2:6-8), O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Free printable: The Best Christian Meditation Verses on Hope #hope #Christianmeditation #printable Click To Tweet. 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. Posted on July 5, 2020 July 5, 2020 Author kairosfocus Comments(69) Spread the love. Whole Psalm. The 5 week period between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas is the season where approximately 25% of their annual sales takes place! Intro: Gift giving is a big part of the Christmas celebration. *** Midweek meditations is a short devotional podcast to encourage Christians in God's Word as we journey and wrestle through life together. A study of Psalm 8 will help to see what an “indescribable, unspeakable gift” God’s Son, Jesus really is! But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak, We are not told that man is above animals here, but that he is “A little lower than the Angels…”. Ps. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? Copyright 2021, Gateway Community Church. 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. David begins with the exclamation, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth, who have displayed Your sp… O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! I am standing on top of a mountain. Study a book of the Bible with a good commentary. God bless and I look forward to seeing you back down under early next year! : 8:10) 8:10. Meditation on Psalm 8 Meditation on Psalm 8 John Hanson from the Presbyterian Church in Ireland prepared this beautiful reflection of Psalm 8. Psalm 8 Poem by Isaac Watts. Autoplay next video. 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? Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Psalm 8 Meditation. ( Log Out /  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. We, for our part, must accept what He has offered. Yet the planets are held in orbit with mathematical precision. He mentions the Son of man, who will be revealed as God incarnate, Immanuel,”God with us”, the representative man. He says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith.” In other words, we have a connection with God because God has graciously extended Himself toward us. On the instrument of Gath. Verse 4. The Lord has set His glory “Above the heavens”. Everything breaks down and all of man’s accomplishments are written on sand. On this page, you can find a printable guide for the focus verse in each video. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. This is a meditation on Psalm 8 in words, music, and pictures. His photos stem from Africa where he worked for some time and from Ireland where he lives now. Read out loud (which is implied in the Hebrew word for meditation in Psalm 1:2). The redemptive, he… Psalm 8:1. (Psalm 8:2). When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;(Psalm 8:3). Try to put this in your own words and say it to God right now in prayer. 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? The comparative insignificance of humanity. 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). What a wonderful reminder at the end of verse 3 – “and will look up.” The ones who know they are “nothing”, but are content to be small, “little in their own eyes”, as God once described Saul, even the ones who in the world’s eyes look foolish and weak, these are ‘weapons’ God delights in using against his enemies. What is man that thou art mindful of him? Hence,… But Paul has not finished with his work in helping us right-size our self-understanding. The heavens frighten us; they are too calm; Man is mediate. Welcome! We know not our time! God’s strength, majesty and wisdom are often hidden in apparent weakness and folly. When ever man becomes forgetful of God, he does indeed become ‘bestial’. The Glory of God in Creation. Romans 8:17-23. A song of David. Man is not an animal, He bears the Image and likeness of God. (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. The phrase, the name of the LORD, refers to His person, words, works, attributes and perfections. The “morning” is usually the best time to meditate on the Lord and to pray. That is the comforting assurance in the Word of God. Psalm 2 gives interesting context to the political storms of any given day: HT, Blastus, from Handel’s Messiah, sung by a Korean singer. South Riding, VA 20152. Before an expanse so vast that it frightens me. Meditation fits for humiliation. All Rights Reserved. And in particular he’s meditating on man’s place in relation to nature. What is the Psalmist contemplating? His meditation was motivated by this attribute of our Lord. A Hope that Never Fades. Once on the way to heavenly glory, always on the way to that unending glory. God wouldn’t want man to make a life for himself here on earth as though he needed not God! 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. Show us Thy Scars, we know the countersign. Yet, as we meditate on the words of Psalm 8:2, the psalmist reveals a simple response to the challenges of life and faith. Psalm 8 The psalm is a hymn to God the Creator. 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. Our wounds are hurting us; where is the balm? 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 Poet Edward Shillito , makes this point powerfully, in his priceless poem,Jesus of the Scars”…. Consider all of the action that has taken place and is taking place. The phrase, the name of the LORD, refers to His person, words, works, attributes and perfections. See Psalms on "Psalms 8:3" for further information. Read prayerfully. Psalm 8 – The Glory of God in Creation The title of this psalm reads, To the Chief Musician. If only there was a new Adam…a new Son of Man, for a new Creation. God put into place a “curse of futility” as soon as man fell. If only we could start all over again? 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 earth is subject to decay, bondage and death. (Psalm 8:5). The other gods were strong; but Thou wast weak; Hallelujah, there actually is a “new Creation” for He who made it all declares, “Behold I make all things New”. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name throughout the earth, You who have covered the heavens with Your splendor! Words really can’t do it justice. or the son of man that thou visitest him? Similar to the way that we meditate on a Scripture passage we can meditate on a work of art, picture, or nature scene. Thanks, Bill. Learn how your comment data is processed. But man is not an Angel, nor is man divine. It frames the content of the Psalm in the praise of the majesty of God. ( 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. We were to focus there for a while and then envelop that place in a circle of radiant pink light. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. 2) On Sunday, we talked about right-sizing our view of ourselves. A meditation, on Psalm 2. Therefore there is a curse of futility, man is a ruler, but a frail ruler. 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. Now, His name is … When to thy works on high I raise my wondering eyes, And see the moon, complete in light, If, when the doors are shut, Thou drawest near, and thy thoughts are very deep. and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Today I discuss how Isaiah 40:8 provides hope in a unique way over at LifeLetter Cafe. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. 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. We often forget that every breath we have is in fact a gift of God. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It begins and ends with the same acknowledgment of the transcendent excellency of God’s name. But the initiative – the offer – comes from Him…by grace. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Only reveal those hands, that side of Thine; 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. In the midst of praising God for his creative power, David marvels at the fact that God has created the human race. What is man, that thou art mindful of him? David knew that although the Lord hated the workers of iniquity, He took no pleasure in wickedness. “What is man that you are mindful of him, Psalm 8:3 "When I consider." 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. And this is not just concerning our past, and our connection with God. Retailers are literally banking on it! 42350 Tall Cedars Parkway there are 31.5 million seconds a year, which would make the distance of one “light year”, 6 trillion miles away! Psalm 8: 3-4, NKJV Man was given dominion, he was made to be a steward of the earth, and to rule. They rode, but Thou didst stumble to a throne; 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. There is no higher use of the mind, than to consider the excellency of the name of the LORD. Gave me much needed encouragement. With this in mind, read Psalm 8. You just need to get out of the way and let people see it! The title of this Psalm reads, To the Chief Musician. In all the universe we have no place. In this Psalm David speaks of the glory of God, and how the glory of man and his destiny reflects upon God. (Heb. “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). We have been ruined by sin, can there be a new beginning? This is also a Psalm of contemplation. (Matthew 11:25-26). But now we see not yet all things put under 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. A Psalm of David. 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 Psalm of David begins and ends with the same phrase, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth” (ESV). ( Log Out /  Change ). 127 How wonderful is thy name in all the earth, to set 128 thy glory above the heavens! 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”. 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 LORD is Holy…He is good to all… slow to anger…of great mercy… abounding in Kindness and Steadfast love! so sinful a creature, that he should be thus favoured! 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. (Click below for larger diagram). One unseen germ can fell the mightiest man! The Psalm is directed to the LORD. God is personal. Their optimism was gone, the reality of the fall of man became evident to her, so  “Enosh”, the frail, was a fitting name. 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 73:22), Lord, how great are thy works! Some people feel their spirits soar at the summit. On Sunday, we talked about right-sizing our view of ourselves. Lord Jesus, by Thy Scars, we claim Thy grace. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. 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. Christian Meditation Psalms on Hope. She asked us all to close our eyes and remember a situation in which we felt truly loved and secure. Once a believer, always a believer. 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. The murderous Moslem terrorist gains daily sustenance from Jesus, the very one he is constantly persecuting! To the chief musician upon Hagittith. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Yet God is interested in us! Commentary on Psalm 63:1-8 View Bible Text . The spatial heavens are the theater of his glory, that is, his splendor, majesty,power,beauty, and his light. A Psalm of David. (Psalm 8:1). In this case, the author is David, and he’s reflecting on nature. We must have sight of thorn-pricks on Thy brow, Psalm 8:1 (NIV) This psalm speaks of the glory of God. How dependant upon the mercy of God is even the most ardent atheist! Meditations in the Psalms January 6th Psalm 5: 1-6. How does this connect to the day you’re about to have (or you just had if you’re doing this at night)? I especially like to do this with images and scenes that are in the Bible. 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. I feel aware What I mean by this is that man is “in between” the animal life, and heavenly life. 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. O Jehovah, our Lord! The Vatican submitted the text of Psalm 8, making it the first Biblical text to reach the moon. What does this mean to you? A Psalm of David. You have set your glory above the heavens. How does the Psalmist describe God’s place? Truly the earth is a small speck of dust in a vast amphitheater! Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. It needs one who would take the punishment for what we deserved. We know to-day what wounds are, have no fear, This is because man was made to look up. ( Log Out /  Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. “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. In other words, Psalm 8 needs a savior. Read with other people and talk about what you see. We end where we started by meditating on the splendid eternal glory of God. (Psalm 8:1) The Psalm is directed to the LORD. What is man, so mean a creature, that he should be thus honoured! This Psalm is the devout meditation of an afflicted servant of God. It was probably the experience of David, but the Spirit of Jesus breathes in it. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! And not a god has wounds, but Thou alone. etc. Post navigation To try to comment on verse 1 is kind of like commenting on the splendor of the Grand Canyon. Man is estranged from God, therefore everything he touches crumbles. 1. This is also an essential perspective in viewing our future. Thine eyes burn through the dark, our only stars; We must have Thee, O Jesus of the Scars. 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. For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Psalm 8 Commentary: Psalm 8 is a reflective or meditative psalm. On the instrument of Gath. And let’s mull over a few questions in response. 2:5–11). From the lips of babes and infants you have established strength, because of your adversaries, that … The key assumption named here is this: Fallenness and all, human beings are God’s agents in the world. It is proposed for proof (v. 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