Friday, August 07, 2009

O Lord, Our Lord, How Majestic is Your Name

Wrapping up a short but refreshing break in the WNC mountains I thought it good to sort out a quick post. The reading schedule I follow is returning to the Psalms again for this year. This morning's reading reminds me why I so much enjoy the Scripture's hymn book that spans from generation to generation.

This appreciation of the Psalms hasn't always been there for me. In fact, I found it difficult to sort out the deep emotions and honest - at times seemingly "ungodly"- requests and cries of the various psalmists. I knew the emotions but wondered how to transact what I was reading in light of the cross and resurrection. Yet, in time, seeing the breadth of the scriptures through the prism of the gospel leads me to read the psalms within the context of God's redemptive thread. At least for me, this transforms my approach to the Old Testament.

Anyway, enough rambling on. Here's the Psalm that evoked today's post.
Hear now the Word of the Lord

How Majestic Is Your Name

To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.

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

You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

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

(Psalm 8; ESV)

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