Psalm 8

O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
    Your glory is higher than the heavens.
You have taught children and infants
    to tell of your strength,
silencing your enemies
    and all who oppose you.

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
    the moon and the stars you set in place—
what are mere mortals that you should think about them,
    human beings that you should care for them?
Yet you made them only a little lower than God
    and crowned them with glory and honor.
You gave them charge of everything you made,
    putting all things under their authority—
the flocks and the herds
    and all the wild animals,
the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea,
    and everything that swims the ocean currents.

O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!


This is a pillar of celebration in the Psalms of orientation.  I love the middle part (verses 3 and 4), where David first talks about the insignificance of mankind when compared to all of creation.  Then he ways that we are just a little bit lower on the list than God himself!  In the Greek version of this Psalm, we are just a bit lower than the angels.

This could be called the Psalm of a healthy self-esteem, but it is more than that.  It is really about God, not us!  In the beginning and at the end, the focus is on the majesty of God.

I think this Psalm teaches me about worship.  To properly worship, I must see myself as a special part of creation, but always in the context of God’s great majesty,

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