Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Divine Majesty

"Starry Night" by Vincent Van Gogh, 1889

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic 
is your name in all the earth!...
when I look at your heavens, 
the work of you 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? 
Yet you have made him a little lower 
than the heavenly beings 
and crowned him with glory and honor...
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic
is your name in all the earth!  
Psalm 8:1a, 3-5, 9

This Psalm begins and ends with a prayer of worship.  Our Lord is the Divine Majesty of all the earth!  What prompted the psalmist to bow in worship before the Lord, declaring His majesty?  Be sure to read the remainder of this Psalm.  

David's thoughts turned towards humanity and our unworthiness to receive what God deemed fit to give us: His thoughts, His care, our position in the grand scheme of things (only a little lower than the heavenly beings), glory and honor, dominion over the earth.  All of these are ours, given to us by the Divine Majesty.

What else can we do but fall prostrate in worship before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, knowing our sinfulness and yet possessing such honors? 

I am reminded of a wonderful old song.  The chorus goes like this:

Holy, Holy is what the angels sing,
And I expect to help them make 
the courts of heaven ring!
But when I sing redemption's story,
They will fold their wings;
For heaven never felt the joy
That my salvation brings.

(Okay, I know angels don't have wings!) 

Singing redemption's story in praise and worship,



i love this psalm. creation is rather humbling

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