Wednesday, March 13, 2013

More about Psalms and Psalm 8

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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!

Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.

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?

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.

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.

O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!


I love the Psalms.  Not everyone does.  I like their beauty, their energy, their emotions.  The are the expressions of many men, yet inspired by god.  Every psalm is different.  They are not combined by themes. One psalm will be praising God.  The next one might tell of God's protection during an eminent danger.  The next might be a sorrowful complaint asking God where He was when He was most needed.  Another might be a plea for God to punish one's enemies.  Another might be a remorseful confession of a sin.

Open you Bible to the center.  There you will find Psalms.  The psalms are at the physical center of the Bible.  They also express the center of spiritual feelings of many Biblical individuals.  They are written by God's people over many years. All of the Bible is miraculously inspired by God and is His Word. One might say that much of the Bible is God speaking directly to us and speaking to us through other people. Psalms are His people speaking to God.

Within the psalm one will see man dealing with doubt, depression, delight, joy, hatred, revenge, praise, and betrayal.  Psalms reveal to us that one can take anything to God in prayer.  We do not have to clean up our act before going to God.  We can bring our weaknesses to God.  God is the one that can heal us.  He can set us straight.  He can forgive us and move us foreword in His direction.

I love the praise and thanksgiving songs that one finds in the Psalms.  They always seem to be my favorites.  They are the ones that we bookmark and memorize.  These psalms are, however, the minority in the book that are Psalms. At least two thirds of the psalms deal with laments and distress.  Where should a believer go when they feel guilty and downtrodden? We should go to the Healer.  Go to God where we can get real help.

No matter how bad things are, no matter how much worse they can get –– god is in control.  We can lament and cry over our situation, but we can know that God is good.  God is just.  God's will is being done in heaven.  God is sovereign and His will will be done.

Just a few more things about Psalm 8  Every time my spell checker is on the  word "Gittith" shows up.  To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith.  What is that!  The dictionary states: An obscure term found in psalm superscriptions Psalms 8 , Psalm 81 , Psalm 84 It is typically translated as  “according to The Gittith”  It is likely a technical term denoting a melody, probably associated with Gath. Other possibilities are a musical instrument, a festal song, or a ceremony associated with the New Year.  I like the Gath thing.  Gath is where David killed Goliath. Maybe David composed the psalm after his victory or was remembering the victory as he wrote it.

The opening Doxology ( Psalm 8:1 )and the closing Benediction (Psalm 8:9 ) are the same words.  This indicates that the central theme of the Psalm is The majestic, glorious Lord of all.  The word majestic is Ęžaddiyr . It is an adjective that means great, wide, majestic or great.  When describing God it describes His majestic power.  Our God presupposes that He is your God and my God as well.  The mighty works of God are not limited to that time and place.  His majesty is universal and forever.

The great expanse of the earth is evidence of God's majesty for the believer.  Even the tiny baby and the crying infant is evidence to the observer of the glory of God.  God is the Creator.  He loves His creation.  He asks that we love and surrender to Him.  Have you done that?

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