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What is man that you are mindful of him?
Psalm 8

Last week we started our study of Psalms by taking a look at Psalm 1.

Psalm 1 tells us that there are two paths before us- the path of the righteous and the path of the wicked. The call of God - every day - is for us to choose the path of the righteous/the path of blessing.

Right beside Psalm 1 is Psalm 2, (which together form a door into the Book of Psalms). Psalm 2 introduces us to Jesus - who is the way, the truth, and the life- and the one along who can make us righteous. To him we are to surrender our lives.

This morning we are going to take a look at Psalm 8 -which serves as a call to worship.

Psalm 8 is a really cool passage in that is has inspired a number of worship songs "How majestic is your name" by Sandy Patti, "Who am I?", etc

Psalm 8 is uniquely structured in that it is sandwiched by a declaration of the majesty and greatness of God -this is a good thing for us not to forget.

In addition to proclaiming the awesome majesty of God, Psalm 8 tells us also of the majesty of man- an ever valuable point in a day and age when the more and more people debase themselves by considering themselves to be nothing more than a highly evolved animal.

Let's dive into this text together and see what we can take away- that our faith may be strengthened and our walk with the Lord enhanced.

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A WALK THRU THE TEXT

1. PSALM 8 OPENS WITH A CALL TO WORSHIP v.1

-This is the primary purpose of this text-- to engage us in the worship of Lord, to remind us of His worthiness and our proper response to Him
-Note also how the personal name of the Lord is used "LORD"- indicating to us exactly who we are to be worshipping

WE ARE TO PRAISE HIM

2. PSALM 8 EMPHASIZES THE MAJESTY OF GOD

"How majestic is your name in all the earth!"

On the term "majestic"

-An indication that God is our King. "Majestic". He sits on a throne, ruling over all that He has made. The amazing thing is this- Because of Jesus and our being in Christ, we by pray can draw near with our petitions, our requests, our concerns, our questions, our praises. Jesus, by his shed blood and our faith in Him as Savior and Lord, has secured access - for us- to the Father.


In addition to declaring the majesty and greatness of God, our text illustrates how it is so

a. God's greatness and his Majesty is manifested from the mouths of babies and infants v.2

How interesting that our text begins with children praising the Lord- and not just children, but infants and young children

How often is it that the simplest, plainest, and most honest praise comes from those who are children!

The point of God using children to silence his foes and bring glory to His name

-shows the strength of God and our weakness
-examples a common practice of God- to use the weakest and most humble instruments to shame the arrogant and to advance His cause. Such reminds us of 1 Corinthians 1:27-28 wherein it says; "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things-and the things that are not-to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him.


b. The distant galaxies, the moon and the stars testify to the Kingly majesty and greatness of God v.3

In Psalm 19:1-4 it says; "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

In our text it says; "When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place"

There is an increasing number of people who are saying "There is no God"- they say this because they have been indoctrinated by haters, they say this because they want to do whatever they want to do. They say this because Satan has blinded their minds. AND YET- note Romans 1:18-20 says about God's existence and his majestic glory; "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse."

The stars above proclaim the glory of God. They shout out "God is big, way bigger than you. Worship Him."


3. PSALM 8- at verse 2- FINDS ITS ULTIMATE FULFILLMENT IN JESUS

See Matthew 21:12-16 -and in particular v.14-16

Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. "It is written," he said to them, "'My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you are making it 'a den of robbers.'"

The blind and the lame came to him at the temple, and he healed them. But when the chief priests and the teachers of the law saw the wonderful things he did and the children shouting in the temple courts, "Hosanna to the Son of David," they were indignant. "Do you hear what these children are saying?" they asked him. "Yes," replied Jesus, "have you never read, "'From the lips of children and infants you, Lord, have called forth your praise'?"

How were Jesus' enemies silenced? By what means were they rebuked?

By children rendering praise to Jesus-- praise that belongs to Him


4. PSALM 8 REMINDS US OF A TRUTH WE LIKE TO FORGET- WE ARE SMALL

On the screen is a pic from the Voyager space probe. The pic is of Earth from 6 billion km away.

Point: We are small!

The Psalmist- with the majesty of God in mind and the stars in the sky before Him, makes this very conclusion saying in Psalm 8:3-4 "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?

APPLICATION

Our smallness reminds us of our need of God and how we are to depend on Him for everything. To Him we must always go!


5. WHILE OUR TEXT EMPHASIZES THE MAJESTY OF GOD, IT ALSO DRAWS ATTENTION TO THE MAJESTY OF MAN.

INTERESTING: As small as we are, we are of great value

Have you ever wondered - What makes us so special? Why are we so much more valuable than the animals? What separates us from the animals and clothes us with dignity?

The answer has everything to do with the fact that we are made in the image of God. (Genesis 1 and 2). Not only are we made in the image of God, but we have an eternal soul. Unlike an animal, when we die, that is not the end of us.

When we look at another person, we look at one who is made in the image of God and as such is of great value. This is why abortion is always wrong. This is why suicide is not an option. This is why the Bible declares murder to be a capital offense. This is why euthanasia is off limits for a Christian -for we bear the image of God and when we look at another person, even in a person's falleness, we catch various glimpses of God and his glorious character.


Our value as image bearers was demonstrated in that Jesus came down from Heaven on a rescue mission to save us- not the angels, not the animals, but us, from our sins and the judgment to come.

The highness of our place is seen in that at the very pinnacle of creation week- on Day 6- God made us in His image.


AS IMAGE BEARERS WE HAVE A JOB TO DO WHILE HERE ON EARTH see v.6-8

Who knows what God's 2nd command was? - A command we have failed to keep.

God's 2nd command- here written of in v.6-8 - is this - GENESIS 1:28-30 "God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground." Then God said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground-everything that has the breath of life in it-I give every green plant for food." And it was so."


In distilling this command- wherein we are told to look after and manage the world God has given us- is this shining truth- Because of our being made in the image of God, we are like vice regents. We have been tasked with acting like God does in a big way. In the big picture, God manages and looks after the entire universe. To us He has given the task of looking after this planet. To us dominion has been given.

6. PSALM 8 CLOSES AS IT BEGAN, WITH A CALL TO WORSHIP

The message of Psalm 8 is that God is to be praised. His majesty demands it. He's worthy of it- just consider what He has made. Note that everything has His signature upon it.

The praise required of us need not be fancy- it must come from the heart, just as it would from a child.

Further, as majestic and big as God is, there is a certain majesty to us- and it's bundled up in the fact that we are made in the image of God. This is what separates us from the animals. For this reason God sent His Son Jesus to die for us- not for the angels, not for the animals, but for us- and so we are called to praise, worship and thank God.


CLOSE WITH SINGING A SONG INSPIRED BY THIS PSALM - How Majestic by the Getty's

BENEDICTION

Revelation 4:11 says; "Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created."