HOW MAJESTIC

Psalm 8 has always been one of my “go-to” Psalms.  For a while it was even a staple chorus we sang in our worship gatherings.  Many songs over the years have captured and proclaimed the message of this poem by King David.

C.S. LEWIS’S INSIGHT

Regarding the Psalms, C.S. Lewis shares the following insight in his book Reflections from the Psalms:

“What must be said … is that the Psalms are poems, and poems intended to be sung: not doctrinal treatises, nor even sermons… Most emphatically the Psalms must be read as poems; as lyrics, with all the licenses and all the formalities, the hyperboles, the emotional rather than logical connections, which are proper to lyric poetry. They must be read as poems if they are to be understood; no less than French must be read as French or English as English. Otherwise we shall miss what is in them and think we see what is not.”   (Lewis, 1958)

MY INSIGHT

So here is what I see and feel as I read Psalm 8…

First and most clearly is the acknowledgement of God’s majesty and glory being firmly established.  Not because I have given it to Him or helped Him, rather because He is eternal which means He existed before me.  God exists and is majestic on His own, independent from me or anyone else.  This causes me to be in awe!

Secondly, this Psalm causes me to feel small in light of the vastness of God’s creation, “the moon and the stars.”  It’s one thing to fly over a city at 35,000 feet and realize how small I am.  It’s a completely different thing to consider my self in light of the universe.  Insignificant doesn’t begin to describe how I feel.  Who am I? But here’s the cool part - God chose to need me and give me significance.

So thirdly, even though God doesn’t need me to exist, He chose to need me.  Wow, he chose me to have a relationship with and to “establish a stronghold” against His enemies.  This is extremely humbling that the God who is set apart, holy and righteous, eternal and all knowing, chooses me to help in His cause.

YOUR INSIGHT

So what do you see and feel when you read Psalm 8?

Psalm 8 (NIV)

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

You have set your glory
    in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.

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

4 what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?[c]

5 You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e]
    and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.
6 You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their[g] feet:
7 all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
8 the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.

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