Majestic Name, Psalm 8

When our children were small, Psalm 8 was one of the first psalms I taught them. We rocked imaginary babies in our arms, we flexed arm muscles, we looked up, we wiggled our fingers, we drew moon circles in the air, and wiggled our fingers again for the sparkling stars.

Now I’m teaching it to my almost two-year-old grandson, whose very favorite part of all creation is “da moon!”

Here’s the English Standard Version (ESV):

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!

In nine verses, this short psalm contains a concise primer on theology: God is great. Even little children can praise him and silence his enemies. He made all things. God is good. He loves and cares for us. He made people as rulers over creation. God is great!


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