Christ in the Psalms: Jesus is the Majestic One (Psalm 8)

 

Key verse: Psalm 8:5-6

1. The glory of God is above the heavens (Psalm 8:1).

  • His majestic name and glory is not simply among the Jews as a tribal god, but His name is majestic among all the earth—some recognize it, and some do not.
  • We must keep in mind there are “three heavens” (see 2 Corinthians 12:2-4): the atmosphere, outer space, and the abode of God (that is, “Heaven”).
  • So God’s glory is above even the sun, moon, and stars (the second heaven) since he is in the third heaven.

2. God uses the lowly of the world to express that glory: (Psalm 8:2)

  • “Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established strength…” (see Deuteronomy 7:6-11 at why God chose the people of Israel. Hint: It was not because of their might!)
  • Judges 6-8: Gideon, coming from the smallest clan of the smallest tribe in Israel, was sent by God to battle the Midianites after God whittled his army from 32,000 to 300 men (Judges 7:1-9).
  • In 1 Corinthians 1:26-31, the apostle Paul brings out those whom he called to faith: the foolish, weak, low and despised—why? “So that no human being might boast in the presence of God” (1 Cor. 1:29).

3. Humanity seems insignificant in light of creation, just as the Israelites seem insignificant in light of the surrounding nations (Psalm 8:3-4).

  • David understands who made all things, from a molecular to a galactic level: “Your heavens, the work of your fingers.” This also shows the amazing majesty of Creator God (see Isaiah 40:12-26).
  • Notice that by the question asked, he knows that God is not only mindful of man, but cares for man? He is in awe that the majesty of the living God condescends to think on and care for His prize creation.

4. Even so (see the “yet”), humanity is the crown of all creation (Psalm 8:5-8).

  • This answers the question David poses in verses 3-4!
  • Looking back to Genesis 1:26-31 at how God set man to have dominion over all earthly creation: even the sheep, oxen, beasts, birds, fish and all sea creatures—and all points in-between.
  • Looking forward to Christ (Hebrews 2:6-9), who has dominion over all creation. Christ is the Second Adam (Romans 5:12-21), who reversed the curse brought about by Adam.
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