The LORD is Holy…He is good to all… slow to anger…of great mercy… abounding in Kindness and Steadfast love! who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Daily Meditations on the Heidelberg Catechism ... Psalm 16:8-10. 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. In this case, the author is David, and he’s reflecting on nature. ( Log Out /  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. 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”! so sinful a creature, that he should be thus favoured! Copyright 2021, Gateway Community Church. Psalm 8:3 "When I consider." *** Midweek meditations is a short devotional podcast to encourage Christians in God's Word as we journey and wrestle through life together. How does the Psalmist describe God’s place? My feet are on the ground…so are some of my appetites and desires. Free printable: The Best Christian Meditation Verses on Hope #hope #Christianmeditation #printable Click To Tweet. O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! From the lips of babes and infants you have established strength, because of your adversaries, that … Psalm 8: 3-4, NKJV We are allowed to listen in on the conversation, and to let the Psalm be our own prayer as well. That just means, the author wrote it to reflect and meditate on something. O Jehovah, our Lord! For the leader, on the gittith. ( Log Out /  What happened? In all the universe we have no place. Autoplay next video. Welcome! A study of Psalm 8 will help to see what an “indescribable, unspeakable gift” God’s Son, Jesus really is! God is personal. A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this. Reflection from True Religion (pt. 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 – A Meditation. and the son of man, that thou visitest him? Memorize texts that you read. 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. 1. 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. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. 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”. That is the comforting assurance in the Word of God. there are 31.5 million seconds a year, which would make the distance of one “light year”, 6 trillion miles away! Truly the earth is a small speck of dust in a vast amphitheater! But to our wounds only God’s wounds can speak, How does this connect to the day you’re about to have (or you just had if you’re doing this at night)? 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. If only we could start all over again? The Vatican submitted the text of Psalm 8, making it the first Biblical text to reach the moon. 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. We need to start the day right. Psalm 2 gives interesting context to the political storms of any given day: HT, Blastus, from Handel’s Messiah, sung by a Korean singer. “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. The spatial heavens are the theater of his glory, that is, his splendor, majesty,power,beauty, and his light. On Sunday, we talked about right-sizing our view of ourselves. We end where we started by meditating on the splendid eternal glory of God. Read out loud (which is implied in the Hebrew word for meditation in Psalm 1:2). The more men learn about astronomy, the smaller we all seem to be. When ever man becomes forgetful of God, he does indeed become ‘bestial’. O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Only reveal those hands, that side of Thine; If only there was a new Adam…a new Son of Man, for a new Creation. and thy thoughts are very deep. etc. We marvel at technological accomplishments, yet wonder why they always get put to the service of evil. You may be familiar with Paul’s refrain from Ephesians 2. Yet, as we meditate on the words of Psalm 8:2, the psalmist reveals a simple response to the challenges of life and faith. In the midst of praising God for his creative power, David marvels at the fact that God has created the human race. Distances between stars are measured in hundreds and even thousands of light years,(186,000 miles a second)! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Today I discuss how Isaiah 40:8 provides hope in a unique way over at LifeLetter Cafe. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. Yet the planets are held in orbit with mathematical precision. It is proposed for proof (v. W. Wilson, D.D., in loc. (Psalm 73:22), Lord, how great are thy works! Whole Psalm. It was probably the experience of David, but the Spirit of Jesus breathes in it. The murderous Moslem terrorist gains daily sustenance from Jesus, the very one he is constantly persecuting! We must have sight of thorn-pricks on Thy brow, We are not told that man is above animals here, but that he is “A little lower than the Angels…”. 2:5–11). Meditation on Psalm 8 Meditation on Psalm 8 John Hanson from the Presbyterian Church in Ireland prepared this beautiful reflection of Psalm 8. (Psalm 8:5). The 5 week period between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas is the season where approximately 25% of their annual sales takes place! Hallelujah! (Psalm 8:2). The “morning” is usually the best time to meditate on the Lord and to pray. “What is man that you are mindful of him, Lord Jesus, by Thy Scars, we claim Thy grace. God put into place a “curse of futility” as soon as man fell. If, when the doors are shut, Thou drawest near, But the initiative – the offer – comes from Him…by grace. Words really can’t do it justice. (Psalm 8:6-8). 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. (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. And this is not just concerning our past, and our connection with God. Commentary on Psalm 63:1-8 View Bible Text . Thanks, Bill. How does the Psalmist describe man’s place in things? Psalm 8 Commentary: Psalm 8 is a reflective or meditative psalm. God wouldn’t want man to make a life for himself here on earth as though he needed not God! Change ). Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Read with a pen in hand. What I mean by this is that man is “in between” the animal life, and heavenly life. We have been ruined by sin, can there be a new beginning? Learn how your comment data is processed. Psalm 8 Meditation. 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. 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. David begins with the exclamation, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth, who have displayed Your sp… On the instrument of Gath. A song of David. 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? Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. This is a Psalm of action. Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. Read with other people and talk about what you see. The comparative insignificance of humanity. (Psalm 8:1) The Psalm is directed to the LORD. behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded? Consider all of the action that has taken place and is taking place. 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