Psalm 8 (February 9, 2011)

February 9, 2011

Psalm 8

[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. (Made in the image of God)  [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. (Genesis 1:26-28; Genesis 9:1-3,7)

Worship is not found in feeling big, but rather in feeling small. As we continue on in our study, we find the Psalmist contemplating God’s greatness, which results in the contemplation of human finitude, or smallness. John Calvin summarizes, “Whoever, therefore is not astonished and deeply affected at this miracle [God being mindful of man], is more than ungrateful and stupid.”

Hope in the Psalms

Are you not thrilled with the reality that God is interested in you? Why would he be? How could he be? Our love for God is fueled by the knowledge that the majesty of God is displayed in the weakness of men through the power of the gospel. There is nothing in us that makes us attractive to God, yet he is magnified in our weakness as he saves and changes us.

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