O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. 3 When I consider 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, the son of man that you care for him? 5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: 7 all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. 9 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (Psalm 8)
Psalm 8 is a very special psalm because it tells us about the amazing love of God to you and me. In fact it reveals to us who we really are – our true significance. Now, this psalm is a celebration of the WHO OUR GOD IS and at the same time a celebration of WHO WE ARE as human beings. This psalm can be divided into two major parts…
A. DAVID EXALTS THE LORD’S MAJESTY & GLORY IN CREATION.
David, clearly in this psalm like what he wrote in his other psalms, reveals to us who the Lord is. According to David, He is the Creator of the universe and everything in it. David knew in his heart that the Lord God is the Lord God Almighty. David used two descriptions or characteristics of the Lord in verses 1-3…
Dr. Robert Culver relates a story about the famed mathematician, scientist, and philosopher, Sir Isaac Newton who is a firm believer of the Lord Jesus Christ. One day there came a friend who is an unbeliever and visited his office. In his office, the scientist had just created a miniature model of the solar system, complete with all the planets made of sphere balls and revolving around the Sun. Using rods and cogwheels, and belts they all moved around the center gold ball which represented the sun and in exact precision. Now, when this friend saw the model of the solar system, he asked Newton, “Who made this exquisite thing!? This model solar system? And Newton answered, ”Nobody.” Friend, “Nobody?” Newton, “That’s right! Nobody. All of these balls and cogs and belts and gears just happened to come together, and wonder of wonders, by chance they began revolving in their set orbits with perfect timing!”
Of course the friend understood the unexpressed argument. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth…” (Gen. 1:1)
1) The Lord is majestic! David, like Newton’s friend was amazed at God’s creative power and exalts the Name of the Lord and gives praise to His Name. He declares that the Lord’s Name is MAJESTIC! To be “majestic” is to be “impressive,” to be “regal and “royal” or “grand” or “magnificent.”
2) The Lord is glorious! But David did not only proclaim that the Lord is majestic, He is also glorious! To be “glorious” is to be “exceptionally lovely” to be “outstanding” To be “glorious” is to be “so good that you merit praise and everlasting fame.”
David understood from the things created by the Lord; that is, the stars, the moon, the sky, etc. that the Lord is indeed majestic and glorious! He is so powerful that He deserves our utmost praise and worship. But there is a second important thing that David discovered that made him wonder and be amazed at God – His special treatment of human beings!
B. DAVID EXPRESSES WONDER OVER GOD’S SPECIAL CARE
David realizes that among all those things that the Lord created MAN WAS VERY SPECIAL! In fact, David noted that the Lord had taken special care and treatment for Man among His vast and glorious creation. Siyapo and pinaka–sukdulan o pinakamataasnaurinanilikhangDiyos.
1) The Lord made Man the CROWNING GLORY of His creation. David recognizes that man was the very highlight of God’s creation and we know that he could only have learned of this through the Book of Genesis. Consider what Gen. 1-2 teaches us about Adam:
26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Gen. 1: 26-28)
(1) He (Man) was made in the image of God and possessed the highest kind of life. Plants have unconscious life. Animals have conscious life but man alone possessed self-conscious life. This means that from all God’s creation, only man alone could eat at Eden’s delicious food but would first glance to heaven and thank God for the food. No plant or animal has done that. Now, consider this also. It has been estimated by science that the most brilliant genius uses only one tenth of one percent of his total potential brain ability. This means that Adam was at least one thousand times more to today’s intellectuals. We are probably 95 % blind to the total color scheme displayed by nature and 98% deaf to nature’s many sound patterns. But Adam’s five senses were tuned to absolute perfection. He may even possessed Extra Sensory Perception. He perfectly understood both himself and his environment (Like Avatar). He apparently was able to communicate with animals (Gen. 3:1-2) and perhaps nature also! (before the Fall!)
Now, the following article came out of a 1977’s issue of Readers Digest entitled “Six Million Dollar original”:
“Yale University biophysicist Harold J. Morowitz says that the human body is actually worth (in 1977) $6 Million. And that price covers only the raw materials-hormones, proteins, enzymes, etc. The intricate work of fashioning the material into human cells might costs six thousand trillion dollars. And assembling these cells into a functional human being would drain all the world’s treasures. “Each human being is ‘priceless’ is the professor’s understatement.” (p. 144).
2) The Lord made Man the RULER of His creation. David also noted that Man was destined to be RULER.
From Gen. 1:26ffg., it is clear that Man was declared King of creation and commanded to subdue the earth, to name animals, and to care for the Lord’s beautiful creation including Eden. It is nice to STOP here but the story goes. The Lord also gave Adam a wife and then given a command and serious warning concerning a tree in the Garden of Eden where the Lord placed them. And Gen. 3 tells us of the sad and unfortunate event in human history – Adam and Eve sinned against the Lord. They disobeyed the Lord’s command and in stead listen to the serpent’s words (lies) and eat of the forbidden fruit and the rest is history. Now, here is another reason for David’s wonder ad he surveys the Lord’s creation especially human beings like himself.
The astonishing condescension of God to be mindful of puny man by planning to restore back (saved) man to Himself through the gracious coming of the Son of God, the Messiah as prophesied (seen) by David himself. As David saw in his spirit what the Father would do just to restore and redeem His people from their sins, he could not help but wonder at God’s amazing grace and love. Indeed, you and I are so precious and loved and so significant before God that He gave Jesus to us. As that old hymnal says, “Heaven came down and glory filled my soul!” Praise the Lord!
Our true significance as a person lies not in the things that we have possessed or acquired or built in this world.Nor in the relationships that we have made. Nor in the honors or titles that we have earned. Nor in the good name or legacy that we will leave to our family. Our true significance is in the fact that God through our Lord Jesus had taken notice of us and had intervened in our life. Like David, the Lord opened our eyes to understand the Gospel and to know Jesus as the Son of God, the Messiah, our Savior and Lord. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord! God Bless!