Posted by: Heather | June 3, 2009

How is God’s Glory above the Heavens?

Psalms 8:1-9
(1) O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
(2) Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
(3) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
(4) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
(5) For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
(6) Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
(7) All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
(8) The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
(9) O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

How did God set His glory above the heavens? (verse 1)

By ordaining strength in the mouth (singular) of babes and sucklings. Why? Because of His enemies, to still the enemy and the avenger.

Who is God’s enemy? I was. Who is the avenger? One who collects the blood debt from a murderer. God is the avenger, and I was the one who owed his life. But God ordained strength in the mouth of a babe (His son) And the life of that babe was given for me – His enemy. This stills me, and God. We are no longer at enmity.

When I consider the heavens (see previous post) the work of his fingers, what is man that God even notices, let alone came to take flesh and pay my blood guilt? God has put everything under Christ’s feet. God has made his name excellent in all of the earth. He has also made Himself MY Lord. Praise Him!

(9) O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

One could wonder about this interpretation of Psalm 8. One could wonder if David is really talking of Christ in this Psalm. However, if you read Hebrews 2, it seems clear that this exactly who is being spoken of. This illustrates again how God’s glory and His mercy are tied together.

Craig

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  1. Hi Craig,

    Sorry for the off-topic post–I finally got the time to respond to you on the Mother of Dog's blog. Sorry about the delay–it's kinda 'conversation by mail' almost. 🙂


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