Pastor Ron Johnson
As Psalm 8 opens, a ________ begins to occur in the book steering it toward praise and reflection upon God's incomparable __________ and _______ for you and me.
Psalm 8—How Majestic Is Your Name
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.
2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength because of your foes, to still the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? 5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,
7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
David makes it abundantly clear that his ultimate intention in writing Psalm 8 is to proclaim that God and no one but God is incomparably __________!
The Hebrew word __________ (v 1) is one that communicates "a display of POWER that is _______________ and can even be ____________."
God has clearly set forth a display of his power that is awe-inspiring in His creation.
A world and universe that according to the very same author in Psalm 19 is constantly and emphatically (24/7) testifying of who He is and revealing what He is like.
(v 2) Our enormous, incomparably great God often chooses to use weak people to accomplish His ultimate purposes (even purposes that at times might include something as hard to imagine as taking down his enemies).
When mighty, God-victories like the one David experienced are won, it is God and God alone receives the ________ for it.
Do YOU believe that? Or are you to SELF-SUFFICIENT for God to use mightily?
Thankfully the man God used to write this psalm was well acquainted not only with his weakness, but also with how incomparably great his God was and that's what prompted him to write vv 3-4.
3 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?
You see in Genesis 1, our unfathomably powerful God merely _______ and vast/immeasurable galaxies and solar systems burst forth into existence and it happened with such _____________ that David refers to these awe-inspiring pieces of His creation as "the work of your fingers".
In his work The Vitality of Worship, Robert Davidson wrote "We may have left our footprints on the moon, but the further we probe through radio telescope and orbiting satellite, the more awesome becomes the immensity of space and the whirling galaxies."
According to David, the very God who created (by His word) all that man and telescope can see and much, much more, is __________ of and _________ for you.
Question to consider…
Do I live as if it’s a wonder that God is mindful of me? Or do I live as if I were the measure of all things?
Prompts for Personal Reflection / Application
Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.
Praying Psalm 8
(as suggested by Dr. Bill Barrick)
(v 2) Lord, fill my mouth with Your praises.
(v 3) How beautiful and marvelous is Your creation.
(v 4) Thank You, Lord, for making me and caring for me.
(vv 5-6) Thank You for sending Jesus Christ as the “second Adam.”
Singing Psalm 8
(Michael W. Smith)
O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is your name in all the earth.
O Lord, our Lord
How majestic is your name in all the earth
O Lord, we praise your name
O Lord we magnify your name
Prince of Peace, Mighty God
O Lord God Almighty