Psalm 8 (NRSV)
Divine Majesty and Human Dignity
1O Lord, our Sovereign, 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.
2Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.
a note to “the enemy and the avenger”:
“Aha! Aha! O adversary! To be overcome by behemoth or leviathan might make thee angry; but to be smitten out of infants’ mouths causes thee to bite the dust in utter dishonor. Thou art sore broken, now that ‘out of the mouth of babes and sucklings’ thou art put to shame.”
—C. H. Spurgeon
“From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise . . .” –Psalm 8:2 (NIV)
HERE is “The Lord’s Prayer” sung by the enthusiastic two-year-old Zoei Toh!
3When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;
4what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
1 John 3:1 (New International Version)
How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!
5Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.
6You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,
7all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
8the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
9O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
HERE is “Creation Calls” by Brian Doerksen. The video includes some beautiful pictures of our world.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.