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Psalm 8
God in all the world!
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Published March 13th, 2021
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Main Point: God's majesty is seen in the whole of the earth, which can be seen in 3 ways: in the physical creation, in the praises given by children, and by his giving dominion freely to finite men.
Psalms 8:1-9
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Main Point: God's majesty is seen in the whole of the earth, which can be seen in 3 ways: in the physical creation, in the praises given by children, and by his giving dominion freely to finite men.
OT
Psalms 8:1-9
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The Great Truth: The Glory of God in Creation
O Lord,
Reference
our Lord,
Explanation
how majestic is your name
in all the earth!
Locative
1. In the Natural World
You have set your glory
Explanation 1 of verse 1
above the heavens.
2. In the Joy of Children
Out of the mouth
Agency
of babies
Possessive 1-2
and infants,
you have established strength
Explanation 2 of verse 2
because of your foes,
Ground
to still the enemy
Purpose 1-2
and the avenger.
3. In the kingly authority of men
When I look at your heavens,
Concessive
the work
of your fingers,
Subjective or Producer
the moon
and the stars,
which you have set
in place,
Manner
what is man
Explanation 3 of verse 1
that you are mindful
of him,
and the son
Explanation of 4a-c
of man
Relationship
that you care for him?
Yet you have made him a little lower
Explanation of 4a-f
than the heavenly beings
Comparison
and crowned him
with glory
Content 1-2
and honor.
You have given him dominion
Explanation of 5c-e
over the works
Content
of your hands;
Producer
you have put all things
under his feet,
all sheep
Explanation 1-3
and oxen,
and also the beasts
of the field,
Source
the birds
Explanation 4
of the heavens,
and the fish
Explanation 5
of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths
Explanation 6
of the seas.
Attributive
O Lord,
our Lord,
how majestic is your name
in all the earth!
Questions for the Seminar 1. What if you cannot see the majesty of God? 2. What is your view of children? 3. You don’t really think much of man, in light of the vastness of space. 4. Is this authority to man a Genesis 1 reality, or is it now contradicted due to the Fall, or is it talking about the dominion coming in Jesus? 5. Should we interpret this text FIRST in light of the OT only, and then bring in the Hebrews 2 reading, where it interprets “men” as Jesus? Or is it more like “all men”, another more natural reading from Psalm 8
Bad worldviews 1. Man is insignificant and worthless. Man alone is king irrespective of God No, physical dominion No, spiritual dominion too! 2. Children are weak, foolish, and lower than adults. Jesus gives an emphatic “No!” as an answer 3. The Bible can only be read in a piecemeal fashion, and so can be full of contradictions. No, we also read with the WHOLE of Scripture in m8nd.
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Psalms 8:1-9 ESV
Psalms 8:1-9
How Majestic Is Your Name 8 To the choirmaster: according to The p Gittith. 1 A Psalm of David. 1 O Lord , our Lord, how majestic is your q name in all the earth! You have set your r glory above the heavens. 2 s Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established t strength because of your foes, to still u the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I v look at your heavens, the work of your w fingers, the moon and the stars, x which you have set in place, 4 y what is man that you are z mindful of him, and a the son of man that you b care for him? 5 Yet you have made him a little lower than c the heavenly beings 1 and crowned him with d glory and honor. 6 You have given him e dominion over the works of your hands; f you have put all things under his feet, 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!
Comments
Brent Karding
Otherwise, an excellent phrase! You're moving into advanced phrasing well, subordinating whole verses to each other.
Brent Karding
Yet you have made him a little lower
4a would be better seen as a Concessive, subordinate to 5a. Even though man is nothing (restating 4 as a statement rather than a question), God has crowned him.

This would also fit better with your heading of "the kingly authority of men."
Brent Karding
When I look at your heavens,
Temporal would work better here. David isn't asking what is man in spite of the fact that he is looking at the heavens, but as he looks at the heavens.
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