I don’t know about you but I do not have any problem thanking God for his blessings of creation, forgiveness, salvation and for all the blessings of this life, but I find it hard to express PRAISE OF THIS GREAT CREATOR, PROVIDER and GRACE GIVER. However today’s psalm does it for me!
‘Lord, our Lord how majestic is your name in all your earth.’
Do you too marvel that the awesome nature of creation is ‘ the work of your fingers!’ V3
In his commentary, John Goldengay comments that Psalm 8 is the FIRST praise song but that it is untypical. ‘ there is neither an invitation to praise nor reasons for praise.’ It just does it!
Verses 1&2 directly praise God (Yhwh) as mighty creator
V3&4 wonder that God would be involved with mere human beings
V5-9 marvel that God would bestow honour on humans.
The New Testament uses Psalm 8 to show aspects of Jesus – (1Corinthians 15:27 and Hebrews 2:6-8)
This psalm reminds us that ‘what God intended humanity to be, God still intends humanity to be’ (Goldengay Psalms p161). When we look at the wonder of the creation we can be overwhelmed by our own insignificance, but God intends us to look at his continuing earthly creation plan in which we have a significant role – to overcome evil and to do good.
Today we could begin to take this Psalm into our lives in a new way!
Peter and Elizabeth