They rode, but Thou didst stumble to a throne; That just means, the author wrote it to reflect and meditate on something. To try to comment on verse 1 is kind of like commenting on the splendor of the Grand Canyon. The 5 week period between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas is the season where approximately 25% of their annual sales takes place! The spatial heavens are the theater of his glory, that is, his splendor, majesty,power,beauty, and his light. But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak, In this Psalm David speaks of the glory of God, and how the glory of man and his destiny reflects upon God. In the midst of praising God for his creative power, David marvels at the fact that God has created the human race. 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. Meditation fits for humiliation. His photos stem from Africa where he worked for some time and from Ireland where he lives now. (Psalm 8:4). Psalm 8 – The Glory of God in Creation The title of this psalm reads, To the Chief Musician. (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. *** Midweek meditations is a short devotional podcast to encourage Christians in God's Word as we journey and wrestle through life together. Our wounds are hurting us; where is the balm? Psalm 8: 3-4, NKJV What I mean by this is that man is “in between” the animal life, and heavenly life. His meditation was motivated by this attribute of our Lord. That is the comforting assurance in the Word of God. Yet God is interested in us! The comparative insignificance of humanity. Whole Psalm. The word The Psalmist uses for ‘man’ here is Enosh which means ‘the frail’. Commentary on Psalm 63:1-8 View Bible Text . Hence,… 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 site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Psalm 2 gives interesting context to the political storms of any given day: HT, Blastus, from Handel’s Messiah, sung by a Korean singer. Try to put this in your own words and say it to God right now in prayer. Consider all of the action that has taken place and is taking place. You may be familiar with Paul’s refrain from Ephesians 2. For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. The other gods were strong; but Thou wast weak; Now, His name is … What is man, so mean a creature, that he should be thus honoured! All Rights Reserved. Meditations in the Psalms January 6th Psalm 5: 1-6. Some people feel their spirits soar at the summit. This is a meditation on Psalm 8 in words, music, and pictures. Reflection from True Religion (pt. What is man, that thou art mindful of him? ( Log Out / “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). and thy thoughts are very deep. A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this. God's sovereignty and goodness. 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? How does this connect to the day you’re about to have (or you just had if you’re doing this at night)? We are allowed to listen in on the conversation, and to let the Psalm be our own prayer as well. A Psalm of David. God wouldn’t want man to make a life for himself here on earth as though he needed not God! How does the Psalmist describe man’s place in things? Post was not sent - check your email addresses! So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. In between these two verses, many things are referred to, but in the end, they do not matter. The heavens frighten us; they are too calm; In all the universe we have no place. 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. And not a god has wounds, but Thou alone. (Click below for larger diagram). Their optimism was gone, the reality of the fall of man became evident to her, so “Enosh”, the frail, was a fitting name. Yet the planets are held in orbit with mathematical precision. 2) On Sunday, we talked about right-sizing our view of ourselves. or the son of man that thou visitest him? It is proposed for proof (v. (Psalm 8:1). 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. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. And this is not just concerning our past, and our connection with God. If, when the doors are shut, Thou drawest near, What a wonderful reminder at the end of verse 3 – “and will look up.” Read with other people and talk about what you see. 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? 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. Copyright 2021, Gateway Community Church. Once on the way to heavenly glory, always on the way to that unending glory. Posted on July 5, 2020 July 5, 2020 Author kairosfocus Comments(69) Spread the love. 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. We are not told that man is above animals here, but that he is “A little lower than the Angels…”. It was probably the experience of David, but the Spirit of Jesus breathes in it. (Psalm 8:9). (Matthew 11:25-26). 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. Hallelujah! Psalm 8 Commentary: Psalm 8 is a reflective or meditative psalm. In his fallen state, man is noble and bestial at the same time. (Psalm 8:1) The Psalm is directed to the LORD. Psalm 8 Meditation. And in particular he’s meditating on man’s place in relation to nature. 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. The LORD is Holy…He is good to all… slow to anger…of great mercy… abounding in Kindness and Steadfast love! Free printable: The Best Christian Meditation Verses on Hope #hope #Christianmeditation #printable Click To Tweet. 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. My feet are on the ground…so are some of my appetites and desires. 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. who hast set thy glory above the heavens. 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). Similar to the way that we meditate on a Scripture passage we can meditate on a work of art, picture, or nature scene. Psalm 8 is a psalm of praise, opening with the words: Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Intro: Gift giving is a big part of the Christmas celebration. How dependant upon the mercy of God is even the most ardent atheist! Only reveal those hands, that side of Thine; 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. 1. God bless and I look forward to seeing you back down under early next year! (Psalm 8:2). 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. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. A meditation, on Psalm 2. With this in mind, read Psalm 8. A study of Psalm 8 will help to see what an “indescribable, unspeakable gift” God’s Son, Jesus really is! (Heb. (Psalm 8:6-8). He mentions the Son of man, who will be revealed as God incarnate, Immanuel,”God with us”, the representative man. The title of this Psalm reads, To the Chief Musician. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is Your name throughout the earth, You who have covered the heavens with Your splendor! To the chief musician upon Hagittith. I especially like to do this with images and scenes that are in the Bible. 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). Once a believer, always a believer. Today I discuss how Isaiah 40:8 provides hope in a unique way over at LifeLetter Cafe. In this case, the author is David, and he’s reflecting on nature. We, for our part, must accept what He has offered. Hallelujah, there actually is a “new Creation” for He who made it all declares, “Behold I make all things New”. 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”! On this page, you can find a printable guide for the focus verse in each video. But now we see not yet all things put under him. Once a child of God, always a child of God. Memorize texts that you read. 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. “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. Show us Thy Scars, we know the countersign. You have set your glory above the heavens. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. A Psalm of David. Christian Meditation Psalms on Hope. ( Log Out / (Hebrews 2:6-8), O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Man is not an animal, He bears the Image and likeness of God. (Psalm 8:5). We know to-day what wounds are, have no fear, If only we could start all over again? Truly the earth is a small speck of dust in a vast amphitheater! 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. Everything breaks down and all of man’s accomplishments are written on sand. And let’s mull over a few questions in response. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. In other words, Psalm 8 needs a savior. 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. Distances between stars are measured in hundreds and even thousands of light years,(186,000 miles a second)! See Psalms on "Psalms 8:3" for further information. 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. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. Retailers are literally banking on it! so sinful a creature, that he should be thus favoured! From the lips of babes and infants you have established strength, because of your adversaries, that … She asked us all to close our eyes and remember a situation in which we felt truly loved and secure. Before an expanse so vast that it frightens me. God put into place a “curse of futility” as soon as man fell. 42350 Tall Cedars Parkway This is also an essential perspective in viewing our future. Post navigation This is because man was made to look up. We often forget that every breath we have is in fact a gift of God. Psalm 2: The Reign of the LORD’s Anointed On the instrument of Gath. O Jehovah, our Lord! Psalm 8 Poem by Isaac Watts. But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? We have been ruined by sin, can there be a new beginning? Learn how your comment data is processed. We marvel at technological accomplishments, yet wonder why they always get put to the service of evil. The phrase, the name of the LORD, refers to His person, words, works, attributes and perfections. What happened? You just need to get out of the way and let people see it! I’m glad you are joining me on a Christian meditation journey through the book of Psalms. The Lord has set His glory “Above the heavens”. A Psalm of David. I feel aware This is a favorite exercise of people in the Soul Shepherdingseminars and retreats that Kristi and I lead. Meditation on Psalm 8 Meditation on Psalm 8 John Hanson from the Presbyterian Church in Ireland prepared this beautiful reflection of Psalm 8. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. 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. One unseen germ can fell the mightiest man! We are allowed to listen in on the conversation, and to let the Psalm be our own prayer as well. David knew that although the Lord hated the workers of iniquity, He took no pleasure in wickedness. What is the Psalmist contemplating? The earth is subject to decay, bondage and death. He cannot create anything lasting, the tide always comes in and crushes the sand castles. Man was given dominion, he was made to be a steward of the earth, and to rule. What does this mean to you? Daily Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism ... Psalm 16:8-10. The Glory of God in Creation. When to thy works on high I raise my wondering eyes, And see the moon, complete in light, Thanks, Bill. 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? Psalm 8 virtually begins and ends in the same way speaking of God's majestic name. We need to start the day right. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Psalm 8 – A Meditation. God’s strength, majesty and wisdom are often hidden in apparent weakness and folly. 8: A Poetic Meditation. He has stepped into our experience and rescued us from all that separates us from Himself. We know not our time! behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded? Verse 4. Who is the author of the action? This is a Psalm of action. 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. Unpretentious, seemingly insignificant, not at all self conscious “babes” are the chosen vessels of God’s purposes on earth. and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. In a recent gathering, one of my students led a guided meditation. 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”. 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. 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. Read with a pen in hand. If only there was a new Adam…a new Son of Man, for a new Creation. Man is estranged from God, therefore everything he touches crumbles. Every week in 2020, I’ll post new guided meditation videos on one verse from each psalm on YouTube and in my Facebook group. 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. 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. The “morning” is usually the best time to meditate on the Lord and to pray. We end where we started by meditating on the splendid eternal glory of God. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! How does the Psalmist describe God’s place? On the instrument of Gath. Thine eyes burn through the dark, our only stars; 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. Read out loud (which is implied in the Hebrew word for meditation in Psalm 1:2). 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. Read prayerfully. The Poet Edward Shillito , makes this point powerfully, in his priceless poem,Jesus of the Scars”…. 2:5–11). there are 31.5 million seconds a year, which would make the distance of one “light year”, 6 trillion miles away! What is man that thou art mindful of him? Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. W. Wilson, D.D., in loc. ( Log Out / 127 How wonderful is thy name in all the earth, to set 128 thy glory above the heavens! : 8:10) 8:10. etc. Man is mediate. Change ). Welcome! Lord Jesus, by Thy Scars, we claim Thy grace. Study a book of the Bible with a good commentary. For the leader, on the gittith. There is no higher use of the mind, than to consider the excellency of the name of the LORD. The key assumption named here is this: Fallenness and all, human beings are God’s agents in the world. But Paul has not finished with his work in helping us right-size our self-understanding. Psalm 8 The psalm is a hymn to God the Creator. This is also a Psalm of contemplation. The Vatican submitted the text of Psalm 8, making it the first Biblical text to reach the moon. We were to focus there for a while and then envelop that place in a circle of radiant pink light. ( Log Out / 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. A Hope that Never Fades. Psalm 8:3 "When I consider." Ps. Romans 8:17-23. The murderous Moslem terrorist gains daily sustenance from Jesus, the very one he is constantly persecuting! If we have never sought, we seek Thee now; Psalm 8:1. Yet, as we meditate on the words of Psalm 8:2, the psalmist reveals a simple response to the challenges of life and faith. But the initiative – the offer – comes from Him…by grace. A song of David. 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. 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 Google account. 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. 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”. Autoplay next video. When ever man becomes forgetful of God, he does indeed become ‘bestial’. ( 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. On Sunday, we talked about right-sizing our view of ourselves. It begins and ends with the same acknowledgment of the transcendent excellency of God’s name. The phrase, the name of the LORD, refers to His person, words, works, attributes and perfections. It needs one who would take the punishment for what we deserved. The redemptive, he… When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;(Psalm 8:3). Words really can’t do it justice. The more men learn about astronomy, the smaller we all seem to be. PSALM 8. Psalm 8:1 (NIV) This psalm speaks of the glory of God. David begins with the exclamation, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth, who have displayed Your sp… South Riding, VA 20152. 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