Archive for May 8th, 2012

Psalm 8

Psalm 8 sets the stage for how God’s creation is designed.  The psalmist begins by starting at the top of the pecking order.  God is at the top.  He is the creator.  Look at how the psalmist addresses God: “O Lord, our Lord”.  Sometimes we forget that God is in a whole different class than we are.  We treat him like a genie in a bottle, or a butler that is just waiting for our command.  We act like He is just one of the friends.  But He is God and we need to put Him in the place deserved.

So the psalmist puts it like this:

–       “how majestic is your name in all the earth

–       You have set your glory above the heavens

–       you have established strength….to still the enemy and the avenger

God is not just some on call service.  He is the Creator and the Controller of all things.  His name is majestic and above all else.

Often people say that they don’t know about God.  Or at least the question gets asked about those natives that don’t speak a language the Bible is translated to – how can they know.  The psalmist makes it pretty clear: “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”?  We see God when we just open our eyes and view creation. It is impossible not to know Him.  But it also should be equally obvious that we are not equal to Him, and we need to be in submission to Him.  God has “made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor”.

God has set us up in a very good spot, but we are not equal, we are not God.  He gave us “dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet”.  We have authority, but with that comes responsibility.  God has entrusted much to us.  And scripture is clear that to him that is entrusted much, much is expected.  We have a lot of responsibility in His economy.  The torch is passed to us to care for and be good stewards of that which He has entrusted to us.  But as we carry that out, we must never forget our place.  God is God and we are not.  “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth”!

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