“…3When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon,
and the stars, which thou hast ordained;4What is man, that thou art
mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?5For thou
hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory
and honor.6Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy
hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:7All sheep and oxen,
yea, and the beasts of the field;8The fowl of the air, and the fish
of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.9O
LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!” – Psalm 8:3-9.
is a Psalm of Thanksgiving to God for the exaltation of man above all
terrestrial creatures. It is quoted by the author of the Epistle to the Hebrews
with reference to Christ; it describes the character of our Lord, it
celebrates the Glory of Jehovah, and the Power and Dignity He has conferred on
the human race. This Power and Dignity did not obtain their full consummation until
He became invested with
our nature (He took on flesh), and because He humbled Himself and became
obedient to death on the Cross, He was exalted ‘above all principality, and
power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this
world, but also in that which is to come,’”
We are to consider:
as deriving its Glory from God. The Psalmist here looks upon creation, not as God, not as independent of God, but as a
glass reflecting the Glory of God. “Thy heavens, the work of thy fingers...”
2. Creation as revealing the Glory of God. The Glory of God as seen in nature is: “Excellent!
Gracious! and Universal!” – In all the earth,
Everywhere, under the whole Heavens, we see the Glory of God.
as awakening admiration and love in the Children of God. “O Lord, our Lord!” Unbelieving men make nature
to hide God, to put Him far away; but nature rejoices the Saint as he beholds
in it the workmanship of his Father. The skeptical philosopher is reminded by
nature of the Eternal, the Infinite, the Absolute; but the Saint responds –
“This glorious God is ours, Our Father, and Our Friend.”
desire has always been to dwell among His People – from Everlasting to
This happy season will be even happier as we
bear in mind the words of the writer to the Hebrews, “Let your conversation
be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he
hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” – Hebrews 13:5, KJV.
The Scriptures begin in Genesis where God says
to Isaac, “Fear not, for I am with you” – Genesis 26:24, KJV. And they
occur again and again, and they reach a glorious climax
“And they shall call his name Emmanuel, which
being interpreted is, God with us” – Matthew 1:23.