Please read Psalm 8.
This Psalm is such a wonderful poem that it is a shame to break it up. So we will address it as one unit today.
David begins and ends this Psalm with the refrain, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” Overwhelmed with the glory of God, he has little more to say.
This Psalm has been called the ‘Astronomer’s Psalm’ as it is believed that David may have been outside at night, looking at the starry sky when he penned these words.
Many of us have been in a similar situation: we’ve looked at the thousands upon thousands of stars in the night sky and have been overwhelmed with the glory and majesty of our Lord. When I think about all that His hands have made, I too sing with David, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
But, as he reflects on the glory and praise of God—not just on the stars in the sky, but on how every creature, from the smallest baby to the greatest army survives only due to God’s sustenance—his thoughts turn inward. Confronted by the awesome glory of God, David asks the question “what is man that you are mindful of him?’
How often have we asked that question in an honest moment? We’ve reflected on the sheer awesomeness of God and thought, “but why would you love me? Why do you care about me? Who am I?”
Compared to God and all of His glory, we are nothing. Yet, He has made us a little lower than the angels and crowned us with glory and honor.
He has given us dominion over the rest of creation. When God created Adam, He gave him dominion over all of the animals of the earth, and that dominion has been passed down to us. When Jesus Christ came to this earth, He demonstrated that dominion on an even deeper level. And He promised that, if we would have but a little faith, we too could move mountains!
We were nothing, but God has raised us up and given us glory and honor and power and dominion. Through Christ, we have all these blessings and more. Why? Because God is so great, and He chooses to richly bestow these blessings upon us.
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
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