Psalm 8 GRATITUDE – A Mark Of Spirituality

Speaker: Dr John Ng Aldersgate Methodist Church, Singapore

In Praise of God v1 O LORD, Our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. v2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. In Praise of Humankind Their Insignificance v 3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, v 4 What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for Him?

Their Significance v5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. v6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: v7 all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,

v8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. In Praise of God v9 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalm 8 GRATITUDE
Introduction

What do parents want from their children? Children get along Children are grateful

Psalm 8 GRATITUDE – A Mark of
Introduction

Spirituality

God wants us to honor & praise Him
Psalm 8 is a psalm of praise and honor. It celebrates the glory and grace of God, rehearsing who He is and what He has done.
Ungrateful people will not enrich community.

Psalm 8 Gratitude comes from a

How do we v 1 O LORD, Our Lord, how majestic is cultivate your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. gratitude?

recognition and experience of who God is

Yhwh: “I am who I am” Unchangeable and Unchanging God

Adonai: Divine, majestic God

Psalm 8 Gratitude comes from a

How do we v 1 O LORD, Our Lord, how majestic is cultivate your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. gratitude?

recognition and experience of who God is

Direct correlation between our experience of God and gratitude to Him: Who is God to us? (Shunyi’s story)

Psalm 8 Gratitude comes from a
cultivate gratitude?

recognition of our need for Him
Our need for Him & our strength resides in Him: Relationship between infants and enemies? Matt 21: 14 - 16

v 2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise How do we because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

Psalm 8 Matt 21: 14 - 16
How do we cultivate gratitude?

There was healing of blind & lame Children were shouting, “Hosanna to the Son of David” Chief priests & teachers were indignant: ‘Do you hear what these children are saying?’ Jesus quoted this verse (Psalm 8: 2)

Psalm 8 Matt 21: 14 - 16
How do we cultivate gratitude?

In one stroke, Jesus claimed to be God & that teachers were enemies. Children recognize their inadequacies, a cry for help” God is their strength.

Psalm 8 Gratitude comes from a
cultivate gratitude?

recognition of our need for Him

v 2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise How do we because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

A self-made person will find it difficult to be grateful.

Psalm 8 Gratitude comes from a recognition of who we are in the context of
God’s creation
How do we v 3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, cultivate gratitude?

The World is at His finger-tip!

Psalm 8 Gratitude comes from a recognition of who we are in the context of
God’s creation
How do we cultivate v 3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, gratitude?

Egocentric individuals need to be reminded that they are not the center of the universe.

Psalm 8
Anderson, “Looking at the star-studded night sky, the psalmist is overwhelmed with a sense of the relatively ephemeral and frail character of human beings and wonders why the Creator pays any attention to such infinitesimally tiny creatures.”

Psalm 8 Gratitude comes from a recognition
that we are special
How do we cultivate gratitude?
v4 What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? v5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. v6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: v7 all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, v8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.

Psalm 8 Gratitude comes from a recognition
that we are special
v5

How do we cultivate gratitude?

You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings

We are more God-like rather than beast-like

Psalm 8 Gratitude comes from a recognition
that we are special
v5

How do we cultivate gratitude?

You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings

We are God-like rather than beast-like But we are paradox: Human is a golden child and a black sheep. Paradox of Our Time

The paradox of our time in history is that we have Taller buildings, but shorter tempers.

ABRI Show of Force

Wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints.

We spent more, but have less. We buy more, but enjoy it less. We have bigger houses and smaller families; More conveniences, but less time.

We have more degrees, but less common sense; More knowledge, but less judgment. More experts, but less solutions. More medicine, but less wellness.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living but not a life; We’ve added years to life, not life to years.

We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet the new neighbor.

Anthrax Scare

We have conquered outer space, but not inner space; We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul;

We’ve split the atom, but not our prejudice. We have higher incomes, but lower morals.

We have become long on quantity, but short of quality. These are the times of tall men, and short character.

Steep profits, and shallow relationships. There are times of world peace, but domestic warfare;

Mad Cow Disease
More leisure, but less fun. More kinds of food, but less nutrition.

These are days of two incomes, but more divorce. Of fancier houses, but broken homes.

Psalm 8 Gratitude comes from a recognition
that we are special
v5

How do we cultivate gratitude?

crowned him with glory and honor’

We are crowned as king with glory
The psalm takes a radically different approach to the Near Eastern paradigm of the time that kingship is reserved for a selected group. Here, God has made everyone a king.

Psalm 8 Gratitude comes from a recognition
that we are special
v5

How do we cultivate gratitude?

‘You made him ruler over the works of your hands’

We are ruler over God’s other creation. Gen 1 We are stewards: We have management responsibilities God takes the risk. We have paradise lost in Gen 2,3.

Conclusion:
Pursue Excellence, Give Glory to God
v 9 O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth. Thank you for giving to the LORD

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