11. Psalms of Praise (Psalm 8 & the Messiah)

A wonderful OT Psalm of praise! But is there more? As we turn to the NT we discover there is. When we read the Book of Hebrews we see the words of Psalm 8:4-6 quoted by the author and he applies them to Jesus. He says; “…we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honour because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” (see Hebrews 2:5-9)

“The NT takes the royal vision of humanity and uses it to identify and characterize Jesus, who is the true king [‘crowned with glory and honour’]…and [in Jesus] glory, honour and dominion…is profoundly transformed. Jesus, through his death and resurrection, is [now] to be understood as the one who embodies all of this, who is indeed the one ‘in whom all things hold together.”(Col. 1:17)    (Walter Brueggemann The Message of the Psalms A Theological Commentary Ausberg Publishing House 1984)

The NT application of this Psalm “tells us that it is only when Christ crucified and risen stands at the centre that the pieces of the jigsaw – the picture of creation and man’s position in it – fall into place…Of all that God created, only man is able to ask the question of verse 4 [what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?] … and only the man who is also redeemed by God [through the blood of Jesus] can grasp the answer to it.”   (Michael Wilcock The Message of the Psalms Intervarsity Press 2001)

Who are we? We are children of the Living God, remembered and cared for because of Jesus. And with David, we can proclaim, “Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”

So, in our lives, in the good times and the bad, to keep things in perspective, come back to Psalm 8. If it is night time, look up into the vast universe that God has created for his glory and stand in awe before the God of creation who loves you and cares for you. Let us live as good stewards of all the good things God has given us in his marvellous creation. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)

A fitting doxology:

“Praise the Lord, O my soul…forget not all his benefits…as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us…As a Father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him…from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him…Praise the Lord, O my soul. (Psalm 103).

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