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Psalm 8

Psalm 8

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY J. STRACEY. MA.


"O Lord our Governor ^ how excellent is thy Name in all the world! thou
that hast set thy ^ory above the heavens. . . . What is man, that
thou art mindful of him ? and the son of man, that thou visitest
him?" — Psalm viii. i, 4.
BY J. STRACEY. MA.


"O Lord our Governor ^ how excellent is thy Name in all the world! thou
that hast set thy ^ory above the heavens. . . . What is man, that
thou art mindful of him ? and the son of man, that thou visitest
him?" — Psalm viii. i, 4.

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PSALM 8BY J. STRACEY. MA."O Lord our Governor ^ how excellent is thy ame in all the world! thouthat hast set thy ^ory above the heavens. . . . What is man, thatthou art mindful of him ? and the son of man, that thou visitesthim?" — Psalm viii. i, 4.THIS short but beautiful psalm is one of two (8thand 9th) supposed to have been composed by Davidin commemoration of his victory, many years before,over the giant of Gath, Goliath, whom he slew with astone from his sling, and afterwards beheaded; and,like most other psalms, has three direct applications — first, to David, who composed it ; secondly, to " David'sgreater Son,'* our Lord Jesus Christ; and thirdly, toourselves, the people of God in all times.As it regards Davids we see at once in the secondverse the application of the words to his victory overGoliath. He was then, we are told, but a youth, andof a ruddy countenance, the youngest of his father'ssons, a mere shepherd boy ; yet he dared to fight withthe Philistine, a man of war from his youth, who haddefied the armies of Israel, and had hitherto foundnone in Israel to accept his challenge. God gave himTHE HEAVES DECLARE THE GLORY OF GOD. 6 1the victory, because he trusted in the Lord his God.The Philistine trusted in his armour, in his shield, andsword, and stature, and despised the youth who had sobravely ventured to engage with him. But God showedat once His strength and power. The giant fell as soonas the combatants came within sight of each other.Thus did God ordain strength in the hands of a merelad, in years and size, when compared with the Philis-tine of gigantic stature. But David would seem to say," Sow can a man do otherwise than trust thee, God,when he looks up to the sky above his head, and seesthe mighty powers there moving in the heavens withtheir perfect regularity and order, year after year, bythy providence and ordaining — *the sun to rule the
 
day, the moon and the stars to govern the night?'What indeed is man, that thou, the great God andCreator of them all, art mindful of him, a worm of theearth, so short-lived, and so bound down in sin andmisery?" Yet as He took David from the sheepfold tobe the king of Israel, and to rule His chosen people,crowning him in the eyes of men with power andglory, after years of tribulation, so will He raise us, if we love and fear Him, to everlasting glory and honour,of which His special love shown to us in this world isboth a pledge and token. " Lord our Governor, howexcellent is thy name in all the world !"And then, if we turn from David to David's greatand glorious Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, here we have62 PSALM VIILexpress authority for referring this psalm to Him. ForS. Paul says in Heb. ii that these words are expresslywritten of our Lord's humiliation on earth, ending inthe glories of His resurrection from the dead andascension into heaven. God the Son, who made theworlds, bec-ame for our sakes lower than the angels fora little while. He left the glories of His eternalhome in heaven, and became Man — the true Man — forus, partaker of our nature in everything except its sin,which He was free from by a birth beyond and aboveman's ordinary beginning. This is the most abundantcause of wonder and thankfulness. God's glory andlove is greater in redemption even thto in creation.The sun, and moon, and stars, moving in their appointedspheres, are stupendous proofs of Gtxi's power and lovefor us ; but far more than their number, regularity, andorder, is the incarnation of the eternal Son a proof of God's power cuid goodness. He came down to us,emptying Himself of His divine state and glory, thatHe might make amends for all transgressions of men,and recover for our fallen race, who were His enemies,a right and place in God's eternal kingdom. Thus for alittle while — through thirty and three years of pain,and poverty, and suffering — the Son of man wasmade lower than the angels ; but after His resurrectionHe was " crowned with glory and worship." All powerin heaven and in earth was then given into His hands,
 
who is partaker of our flesh and blood. A true ManTHE WIDS AD THE SEA OBEY HIM. 63in one person for ever and ever with the eternal God,He is not ashamed to call us His brethren. He hasraised man up from his low estate to the highest placearound the eternal throne. And even while on earthall created things bowed down before Him, and obeyedHis word. When the sea was stirred by a mightytempest, at His one word, "Peace, be still," "the windceased, and there was a great calm." Evil spirits felldown at His feet, and owned His power. Every speciesof human suffering and pain vanished by a word or atouch from Him. Even the dead returned to life again ;and in the baxren wilderness the loaves of bread andtwo small fish multiplied themselves indefinitely asthey passed through His almighty hands, so as to feedfive thousand men, beside women and children. Hewas man, and yet He did the works of God, and provedHimself to be God as well as man. Even the fish of the sea paid the tribute money for Him and His dis-ciples, which was demanded of every Israelite for thetemple at Jerusalem. Thus was everything put in sub- jection to His hands. And then the after effects of this wonderful history have been like the perfecting of praise from the mouth of babes and sucklings. " Tea ;have ye never read," said the Lord to the lords of thePharisees, when they saw the children crying Hosannahin the temple to His honour, " Out of the mouth of babesand sucklings thon hast p&rfected praise ?" So it hasbeen ever since. The kingdom of the crucified has64 PSALM VIII.spread, arid is established in the earth— a kingdom in,but not of this world. Thousands of changes havetaken place in all earthly thrones and dominions sincethe days of Christ; but one kingdom alone has stoodthroughout aU changes in the world, and will stand tothe end of time — the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ.What was sown in weakness has risen in power.

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