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Psalms 8
Out of weakness, comes strength
Published May 3rd, 2017
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Psalms 8
What makes you feel weak, inadequate, or frail? God sets himself above all of creation and puts an end to his enemies by establishing his strength through our weakness. David, the youngest of his brothers (1 Sam 17:14) was anointed a King. Israel, the smallest of nations (Deut 7:7) and descendants of slaves were chosen as God's own people. Job, compared to heavenly beings, was an insignificant speck on a tiny planet. A fragile man lasting only a short time. Yet, God confronts Satan himself by telling him to consider his servant Job, who fears God and shuns evil (Job 1). Verse 2 describes how God uses the weak (mouths of babes) to establish his strength and in doing so, puts an end to his enemies. Man himself is an example. we can see how vast the night sky is, filled with stars and all forms of celestial bodies. They were created and artistically put in place with ease by the fingers of God. Yet, on one small planet in one tiny corner of the universe is man - the concern and care of the God of all creation. Man, even though he is born from insignificance (dust), is honored and given authority over creation (Gen 1:26-27). Jesus did not come as a mighty King but as a fragile baby. He did not live as a King. He worked as a carpenter. He didn't die like a King. He suffered and died like a criminal. Jesus is how God uses the appearance of weakness to display his strength. Jesus, for a little while, was made lower than angels and was crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for us (Heb 2). Ultimately, it is Jesus of whom Psalms 8 speaks. It was also of Jesus that the children shouted "Hosanna to the Son of David" (Matt 21:14-16) silencing his enemies, that is, the priests and scribes whom should have known to praise Jesus themselves. Babies and infants are able to trust and marvel at creation in child-like wonder but grown men seek to establish their own strength in opposition to God and his created order (Matt 18:3). It is in this way that we were the enemies of God. Yet, thru the weakness of the cross of Christ and the power of his resurrection, those who believe on him are established in him and also have an inheritance with him (Eph 1:14,23) As a follower of Christ, we need to trust him with what makes us feel weak. When you pray, do not only pray that it changes but pray that God uses your weakness to change you and establish his strength in you (2 Cor 12:9-10).
Main point summary
God's name is magnified by the weak whom he uses to establish his strength and silence his foes. In the same way he gives man dominion over creation in spite of man's seeming insignificance.
Psalms 8
Psalms 8:1-9
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your q name in all the earth!
The name of God is to be praised among men.
You have set your r glory above the heavens.
The Lord has established his name above the heavens.
s Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established t strength
[in that] he has displayed the strength of his name thru babies and infants [those who are weak].
because of your foes,
[on account of] those who oppose him
to still u the enemy and the avenger.
in order to put an end to those that oppose him.
When I v look at your heavens, the work of your w fingers, the moon and the stars,
[in the same way][even as] When I look at the vastness of the heavens that are the work of your fingers.
x which you have set in place,
y what is man that you are z mindful of him,
I consider how small man is and how strange that you even consider him
and a the son of man that you b care for him?
and even more, actually care for him.
Yet you have made him a little lower than c the heavenly beings 1
[He is nothing] Yet you have created him in your image with authority over the earth
and crowned him with d glory and honor.
and put him in a visible position of glory and honor.
You have given him e dominion over the works of your hands;
by making him the ruler over your creation.
f you have put all things under his feet,
[in that] you have put all earthly creation under his authority
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens,
and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
God's name is magnified by the weak whom he uses to establish his strength and silence his foes. In the same way he gives man dominion over creation in spite of man's seeming insignificance.
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