May 9, 2019

Psalm 8:1 (NLT) — 1 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens.

From creation on everything is stamped: Property of the Lord.

Psalm 8:2 (NLT) — 2 You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you.

What better way to silence the voice of the enemy in your children’s lives than by teaching them to worship the Lord.

Psalm 8:3 (NLT) — 3 When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place—

Our Lord has set them in place and nobody can move them from their place. In God’s world everything and everybody has a place. Just like it was in our home when I was growing up, all of us had our place at the supper table. No one was left out and there was always room for a neighbor kid or two!

Psalm 8:4 (NLT) — 4 what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?

Always remember that we are created by God and for God. We are each His masterpiece. I love the fact that He thinks about us and He cares about us. If you feel lost, alone and abandoned always remember that you are on God’s mind and He will care for you with the same hand and fingers that put the moon and stars in place. He will never lose His grip on you. He truly is your shepherd; up close and personal.

Psalm 8:5 (NLT) — 5 Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor.

 “Although made in God’s image and ordained to become increasingly like the God to whom they look, men and women have turned their backs on God. And since they will not look upward to God, which is their privilege and duty, they actually look downward to the beasts and so become increasingly like them.” (Boice)
 “Satan is no doubt filled with scorn of man when he looks at him and measures him with himself. ‘Is this the creature that is to be set over all the works of God’s hands, – made of earth and water, phosphates and metals? I am nobler far than he. Can I not flash like lightning, while he must creep about the world to find himself a grave?’” (Spurgeon)

Psalm 8:6–8 (NLT) — 6 You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority— 7 the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, 8 the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents.

We were to be in charge of the world but alas we have allowed it to be in charge of us.

Verses 6-8 show us that David was thoroughly acquainted with the Word of God. What he has just written was written in the first chapter of Genesis. This acquaintance with God’s Word I believe moved him to be a man after God’s own heart. Embrace the Word and embrace the God of the Word. Then you will have a proper outlook on life. And you will have something to steady yourself in unsteady times.

Psalm 8:9 (NLT) — 9 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

God made man. God made man something glorious. God made man for a high and worthy destiny.
All three of these principles are rooted in what God has made man; they do not exist nor are they fulfilled from the plan or work of man. That is why this glorious Psalm about man is even more so a Psalm about God. “The most striking feature of Psalm 8… is its description of man and his place in the created order. But the psalm does not begin by talking about man. It begins with a celebration of the surpassing majesty of God” (Boice).
Begin your day with God to ready yourself for the rest of the day when you will have to deal with man. Then end your day with God to bring all things back into their proper perspective and settle your mind so that you can sleep in peace.
Be Inspired Hilltop!