In all that is implied in the term "will." (3) So far from what God has done for the world of matter in the fields of astronomy being any reason for discrediting what the Gospel declares He has done for the world of mind in man, it should be a reason for believing it. To exist at all as a member of so vast an assemblage of beings, and to occupy a footing in the universe such as it is, involves incalculable probabilities of future good or ill. (3) Love. Why may not the Gospel be a similar declaration of His highest attribute, a witness borne to the universe that His mercy is infinite also? Psalms 9:4.—J. St. Paul declares that ever since the creation of the world the invisible things of God, even His power and Godhead, have been revealed in the material universe. Verses 11–22 are a sermon that exhorts us to hear God's instruction as we are taught what it means to fear the Lord. Even we who have been transformed by His grace must likewise war against this desire, which often manifests itself in an attempt to get around His commandments or excuse behaviors and attitudes that are inexcusable. When we take this view, we see that man has been placed in this world in the midst of concentric circles of Divine attributes, which become charged with deeper interest as they press in closer towards him. W. Morley Punshon, Penny Pulpit, No. Forget the mall or the movies. - Psalm 8 Sermons. That drown out enemy talk, and silence atheist babble. David says that it is “from the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength” (8:2)! In this case, the author is David, and he’s reflecting on nature. Is the atheist’s problem intellectual or moral? If we believe that we are more insignificant than the dead and mindless world around us, we shall never give ourselves much trouble about character. All of these balls and cogs and belts and gears just happened to come together and wonder of wonders, by chance they began revolving in their set orbits and with perfect timing!” His unbelieving friend got the message! The Milky Way belongs to a group of some 20 galaxies known as the Local Group. Thus the Lord overcomes His enemies by the marvel of little children and the praise that they sing in their simple faith. What becomes of man's interests, his creation, his redemption, if these innumerable worlds are peopled by beings who wait, as he does, upon God? There are psalms for times of trouble and grief. It refers to the Philistine town of Gath, which means winepress. i., p. 173. Psalms 8:5.—H. who hast set thy glory above the heavens. In the character of a really great man we require a balance of qualities to satisfy us. "It is the highest effort of his culture," says St. Bernard, "when a man comes to care for himself for the sake of his God;" when, that is, his sovereign desire is to be worthier of the rank with which God has invested him and of the love which God has lavished upon him. The word “majestic” implies royalty, a concept which we as Americans do not properly appreciate. Obviously, it stemmed from his experience (which most of us have had) of gazing up at the night sky and marveling at its vastness compared to his own puniness on this speck in the universe called planet earth. To cross the entire universe as we know it would take you 20 billion light years (National Geographic World [Jan., 1992], p. 15)! I. It alone discloses depths of compassion transcending even those heights of power, and points us to a Being who crowns His own nature, as He crowns us, "with loving-kindness and tender mercy." But the Son of man, in whom the original pattern is more fully realized, reflects this same glory far more perfectly.”. While you have demonstrated that the whole universe is subjected to the authority of natural law, for me there is reserved an inviolable liberty. Sign In. We must treat all people with respect. We see the infinite sufficiency of God to preserve all the interests we commit to Him. And when, in the fulness of time, the Son of God was incarnate in furtherance of the purpose of the Father, surely God was mindful of His creatures then. This psalm is an unsurpassed example of what a hymn should be, celebrating as it does the glory and grace of God, rehearsing who He is and what He has done, and relating us and our world to Him; all with a masterly economy of words, and in a spirit of mingled joy and awe…. The first 10 verses are a song of praise that beckons us to come and worship God. See what God would have in the moral universe. IV. Our humiliation is deepened by the discovery that our own life is akin to the inferior forms of life around us,—akin to forms of life which look at first sight most remote from us. The Divine Father, by immutable covenant, invested Him as Mediator with "length of days for ever and ever.". And in particular he’s meditating on man’s place in relation to nature. 3608. P. Chown, Contemporary Pulpit, vol. The same can happen to us … and, in many ways, it’s already happening. John Piper Apr 1, 2007 46 Shares Sermon. Should Christians be at the forefront of the environmental movement? As regards man, the professed aim of the Gospel is his deliverance from spiritual error and sin and his introduction to that which alone can satisfy the wants of his nature—the favour and fellowship of the God who made him. He is mindful of us, again, because He has provided everything, not only for our existence, but for our happiness. 2:9): “But we do see Him who was made for a little while lower than the angels, namely, Jesus, because of the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, so that by the grace of God He might taste death for everyone.” Leupold summarizes (p. 101), “man as created reflects God’s glory. "To the Chief Musician upon Gittith, a Psalm of David." Sun 1,300,000 times the earth. Humanity’s most basic sin is the desire to throw off the Lord’s external authority and become a law unto ourselves. It is one of the greatest scientific frauds that the enemy of our souls has ever foisted on the human race! The songs of the people to God covered all the spectrum of events in life. vi., p. 536. How should a believer in such a job view it? The vastness, the grandeur, of the material universe sometimes oppress us; we are crushed by the sense of our insignificance. Your body is supported by more than 200 finely designed bones, connected to more than 500 muscles and many tendons and ligaments. I. Psalm 1, Where the Path of the Godly and Ungodly Leads. We don’t know for certain what the term “Gittith” in the title means. Notice the exaltation of the humanity in the incarnation of the Son of God. In Him, we are again crowned with glory and majesty. The visit of Christ was (1) a visit of humility, and (2) a visit of atonement. Sorrowful and confused as his earthly life is and has been all these thousands of years, still in the light that shines from Scripture it shows like a stormy day that had a splendid rise and that shall yet have a glorious sunset. V. Once more, contemplate the exaltation of the humanity throughout all eternity. The author of this eighth Psalm could have had but a faint conception of the scale of creation compared with that at which we are now arriving. The baby’s skull has not yet fused, so that it can be pliable enough to fit through the birth canal. Words really can’t do it justice. xix., p. 161. It is to do away with our fear; it is to tell us that there is nothing incredible or preposterous in the thought that He visits us, and expends even upon us all the riches of His care and love. So David tells us to worship the Lord because although we are puny and insignificant, He has graciously thought of us and cared for us. When then God asks our help in anything, He does so for our good, and never to fill up the circle of His own ability. Of course, he had no telescopes to show him how big the universe is. 9:20; 90:3; 103:15). What are the pleas which are urged against our faith? a stubborn and rebellious generation” (Psalm 78:6-8). ◄ Psalm 32:8 ► I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go; I will give you counsel and watch over you. Let the doctrine of evolution, on its purely scientific side, be true,—instead of being overawed and humbled by the long succession of ages which have preceded me, I find in them new testimony to the greatness of my nature and the possible dignity of my position. How Excellent is Thy Name: An Exposition of the 8th Psalm The Book of Psalms served as a hymnbook to the Hebrew people. The humanity Christ wore on earth will continue evermore on the throne. Years ago, there was a famous explorer named William Beebe. He is mindful of man at every moment of his existence—mindful of infancy, of boyhood, manhood in the toils of active life, of age, when all other mindfulness terminates, and when the ties of earth have been loosened one by one. Psalm 7 Psalm 8 Psalm 9. Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in praises, working wonders?”, David says further that it is God’s name that is majestic. III. Children's Sermon on Psalm 8: How Majestic Psalms Background. We should oppose the greed that often destroys creation with no regard for its beauty and preservation. Some think it refers to Gath, and may refer to a tune commonly sung there, or an instrument of music there invented, or a song of Obededom the Gittite, in whose house the ark rested, or, better still, a song sung over Goliath of Gath. Free Sermon Illustrations for May 30, 2010 from SermonStudio-- John 16:12-15, Romans 5:1-5, Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31, Psalm 8-- Douglas B. Bailey-- 2010 Instead of the triune, self-giving God at the center of our lives, the self-seeking god we idolize a They forget that he is an atom which feels, and knows, and thinks, an atom that believes itself endowed with "the power of an endless life.". But if it waited too long, it would suffer brain damage. We are impressed with God's infinite independence of human help. 2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. I haven’t even mentioned your lungs, your other senses (hearing, taste, smell, and touch), your endocrine glands, your immune system, and much more. If these leaders of the people had been indignant before, they must have become nearly catatonic now. Return to the Main Player. David also considers God’s splendor above the heavens. We may boldly affirm that earth is not too small a globe to be thought worthy of giving birth to the heirs of immortality; nor is man too diminutive a being to hold converse with his Creator, or to be amenable to the Divine government. It is quite plain that here is no description drawn from nature. Psalm 8:1a and 9a declare that the whole created order gives evidence of God’s sovereignty. True greatness consists, not in weight and extension, but in intellectual power and moral worth. At its center was a large golden ball representing the sun. This Psalm is stamped with a worldwide breadth; it is of no nation; it is of all time; it shines with a light transcending that of mere human genius. This is the gospel of science; is it true, or is it false? In the days of His flesh He constantly exercised four kinds of authority: the authority to forgive sin, the authority to declare truth, the authority to rule nature, and the authority over human hearts and consciences. "Great is the mystery of godliness, man manifest on the throne of God." David also says that the majesty of God’s name is seen in all the earth and above the heavens. Psalm 3, Lord How They have Increased, The Morning Psalm. If you want to see how He has not left the world to itself from the beginning, take its history from Adam downward. From the point of conception, the only difference between the baby in the mother’s womb and you and I is time and nurture. WHEN I CONSIDER THY HEAVENS. The discoverer is above his discovery at every step of the process. Psalms 9:1.—Spurgeon, Morning by Morning, p. 304. "The Father hath given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of man." Psalms 10:5.—C. The forces by which he conquers, by which he transfigures the temptations of time and sense into the stepping-stones to a higher life, are: (1) That Divine gift which is the power of inward vision. Commentary, Psalm 8, Elizabeth Webb, Preaching This Week,, 2014. Objection has been taken to the Gospel from the vastness of creation as displayed in astronomy. Of all the truths in Scripture, none have more empirical data as proof as to the inherent sinfulness of humanity. The student of nature should be on his guard against two possibilities: (1) against mistaking creation for the Creator; (2) against mistaking the transient for the permanent. We see that creation is established upon a basis of order. Register! III. It is given to the soul first as a tendency; it grows if used until it attains the strength of a clear-sighted inward eye. Psalms 9:16.—Congregationalist, vol. II. God had made man, we may therefore read, a little lower than Himself, had crowned him with glory and honour, had given him dominion over the works of His hands, and had put all things under his feet. At nine months after conception, the baby’s brain sends a hormone through the placenta and into the mother’s pituitary gland. Does it prohibit interracial marriage? I. Psalm 8[ a] For the director of music. We come now to the second form which the objection may take—that as the Gospel revelation sets man in a rank that is too high, so does it bring God too low. Earth 8,000 miles - 6,000 million, million, million tons 6-24 cifers. Notice the exaltation of the humanity in the day of judgment. A. References: Psalm 8—C. Like the builders of the Tower of Babel, proud modern man uses his scientific breakthroughs to proclaim his independence from God. Note the exaltation of the humanity in the ascension of Christ. John Piper Apr 8, 2007 0 Shares God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him Learn more about Desiring God … Psalm 8. I myself am the consummate result and the ripe fruit of these immense and awful ages. 2. For a commoner to come into the presence of a king on his throne was a frightening and awe-inspiring moment. 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