Sunday, September 13, 2015

Psalm 8

Psalm 8

For the director of music. According to gittith. A psalm of David.

Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?
You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels
    and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.
Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 8 NIV

The beautiful and bright night sky of Psalm 8 proclaims the majesty of the name of God of Israel in simple yet very deep and meaningful manner. Today's believers in God, including astronomers and cosmologists, can join with the poet in the praise of God. The contents of this about 2500 years old text are surprisingly modern and the poem contains nothing about space and human beings that contradicts modern science.      

Jesus of Nazareth was intimately familiar with the Book of Psalms as we can see from His teachings. He refers to the children and infants mentioned in Psalm 8 when the ire of religious authorities is raised by His healing people and by children's praise
The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” they were indignant.
“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.
“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,
“‘From the lips of children and infants
    you, Lord, have called forth your praise?‘”
And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night.
Matthew 21:14 -17
Let the children sing the glory of God the Creator!

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