Our reading today is Psalm 8, one of my favourite Psalms of praise, perhaps helped a little because one of my favourite worship songs when I was a young adult, O Lord my God how majestic is your name’ was based on this Psalm. We still sing this song occasionally so you might recognise the words.Here is the composer himself much more recently speaking about and then singing the song, https://www.facebook.com/Phillawsonjohnstonwithcloudsongs/videos/we-will-magnify/825848267921817/
The Psalm praises the Lord God has the creator, sustainer and ruler of everything. It also acknowledges the importance of humanity in God’s creation, specially made and with an important role of ruling over other creatures (vs.6-8), taking us back to the creation account of Genesis Ch.1.
But the Psalm also points us forward to the coming of the one perfect man, the Lord Jesus, and the Psalm is quoted 3 times in the New Testament (do look these up). The first time in Matthew Ch.21 v.16, where after Jesus clears the temple after his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the children are still shouting their hosannas and the authorities don’t like it, and so Jesus quotes Psalm 8 v.2, ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise.’ And then in 1 Corinthians Ch.15 v.27 and Hebrews Ch.2 vs.6-8, each time speaking about Jesus, that one day we will see perfectly clearly that He is king and that all things will indeed be put under His feet, Psalm 8 v.6.
So much to praise and marvel at today…
From our church address list, please pray today for,- Lynn and Paul, and the rest of the family- Jason & Corette, Pieter and Zarah