Psalm 8 today and the notes have been produced by Tudor.
In the previous readings we have seen that God is almighty, holy, and completely unlike us. He is so holy that He ‘the arrogant cannot stand in your [God’s] presence.’ (Ps5:5). And yet here we are called to praise and worship God for all that He is and all that He has done for us.
First we are called to praise God because, quite simply, He is worthy to be praised. David writes ‘how majestic is your name in all the earth!’ and ‘You have set your glory above the heavens.’ (v1). God is so majestic that his glory can be seen in creation (v3) and is so obvious that ‘From the lips of infants and children you have ordained praise.’ (v2). In fact, God’s wisdom and glory are so majestic beyond human comprehension that God has declared it through the praise of children. As Paul says in 1 Corinthians 1:20-25
‘Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”
How fitting that we can read this as we finish a week of Holiday Bible Club.
Furthermore, God has not only declared his glory and declared his majesty, but has now demonstrated his love to us by giving these things to us. David asks, ‘what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honour. You made him ruler over the works of your hands.’ (v4-6). As is often said, when God created the animals he ‘saw that it was good’, but when he had made Adam and Eve he declared that it was ‘very good.’ (Ge 1:25,31). How amazing that, knowing we would fall from Him, that we would sin, He would be so kind and loving towards us. Furthermore, He demonstrated this in Jesus. Even though we in our sinfulness ruined this world, its order and our blessing, God is restoring us and will one day bring total restoration through Jesus completed work of salvation. As such I thought it would be fitting to finish with words from Hebrews 2:6-11:
‘“What is mankind that you are mindful of them, a son of man that you care for him? You made them a little lower than the angels; you crowned them with glory and honour and put everything under their feet.”
‘In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honour because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone. In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered. Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.’