1207.) Psalm 8

As we approach Christmas and New Year’s, we are going to take a look at some of the Old Testament passages which speak of Christ.

There are a number of psalms which speak of the Person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. They are called Messianic psalms since they speak of the Messiah. The question may be asked: “How can we recognize a Messianic psalm?” The answer would be:  where there is a reference to the Messiah in a psalm, and it is applied to Christ and expounded in the New Testament.

–The Messianic Psalms, by T. Ernest Wilson

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HEAR  and see a beautiful (and short) presentation of Psalm 8!

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"Psalm 8 -- Man in the Universe"  by Irv David, 2000.

“Psalm 8 — Man in the Universe” by Irv Davis, 2000.

Psalm 8   (ESV)

Divine Majesty and Human Dignity

Psalm 8 is quoted four times in the New Testament and each time it is applied to the Lord Jesus.

1 O Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.

1 Timothy 6:15-16 (New International Version)

. . . to the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever.   Amen.

2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
    to still the enemy and the avenger.

1)  Matthew 21:16 — He presents Himself officially at the Temple as the Son of David, and drives out the money merchants; the multitude and the children cried: “Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.” In reply to the indignant protest of the leaders, He said, “Have ye never read: Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings Thou hast perfected praise?” God is still glorified in the simple faith of little children, and their songs glorifying His name.

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Music:

Ps8 kids at manger

“From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise . . .”  –Psalm 8:2 (NIV). 

HERE  The Cedarmont Kids sing “Away in a Manger.”

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3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
    the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

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Science lesson:

Let’s consider, for 3 minutes, our amazing universe!  HERE  is Francis Chan.

Remember Colossians 1:16 —

for through Christ God created everything
    in the heavenly realms and on earth.
He made the things we can see
    and the things we can’t see—
such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.
    Everything was created through Christ and for Christ.

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4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
    and the son of man that you care for him?

The psalmist moves from the smallness and frailty of man to the greatness which God has conferred upon him through grace. God does three things for us:

1. He is mindful of us, in His thoughts and purpose.

2. He visits us in the Incarnation.

3. He sets us over the works of His hands.

4. He crowns us as viceroy on earth.

5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
    and crowned him with glory and honor.

6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
    you have put all things under his feet,

2)  1 Corinthians 15:27 —   In this passage we see the ultimate triumph of the resurrected and glorified Christ, who is declared to be the second Man and the last Adam. “The end” is described in four stages: i) when He shall have put down all rule and all authority and all power, ii) For He must reign; till He hath put all enemies under His feet; the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death, iii) Then the Son also Himself shall be subject unto Him that put all things under Him. iv) That God may be all in all.

3)  Ephesians 1:20-22 —  The ascended Head of the Church, resurrected and enthroned, with all things under His feet, is given Headship of the Church, which is His body and the fullness of Him.

4)  Hebrews 2:6-9 — This presents Christ as the last Adam, crowned with glory and honor, picking up the crown and scepter which had fallen from the head of the first Adam, and along with His consort, the Church, having dominion and sovereignty over a redeemed creation. What a wealth of teaching, and a galaxy of glories of the risen Christ these passages present to us!

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.

9 O Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Ps8 name_________________________

English Standard Version (ESV)   The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
Images courtesy of:
Davis.    http://z.about.com/d/judaism/1/0/V/4/psalm8_july.gif
Jesus is born.    http://www.whatistruth.info/sing4manger.jpg
your majestic name.    http://airmiles.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/2011-07-04.jpg
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2 Responses to 1207.) Psalm 8

  1. Marcia says:

    A beautiful reminder of our creator and the sweet voices of children singing about the true meaning of Christmas.

  2. ultworship says:

    How could we possibly not praise this AWESOME GOD?!

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