Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, June 23, 2013

The Glory of the Lord

Lord, I give You praise for creation! Everywhere I look, You are there! Your blessings abound—make me aware of them everyday, even when surrounding circumstances appear dire. Thank you for Your fellowship with me—help me seek You daily. As You pour out Your grace and mercy on me, equip me to share Your grace and mercy with others! And may it be to Your glory! 

As you read Psalm 8 (below in two different versions), give our Heavenly Father the praise He is due, after all He is the Creator of the world. Allow this psalm to help you understand the glory of the Lord and the dignity of man. Praise His holy Name, Jesus!

Psalm 8 (NASB)

O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!
From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength
Because of Your adversaries,
To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!
You make him to rule 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 through the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth!  

Psalm 8 (MSG)

God, brilliant Lord,
    yours is a household name.

Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you;
    toddlers shout the songs
That drown out enemy talk,
    and silence atheist babble.

I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
    your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
    Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
Why do you bother with us?
    Why take a second look our way?

Yet we’ve so narrowly missed being gods,
    bright with Eden’s dawn light.
You put us in charge of your handcrafted world,
    repeated to us your Genesis-charge,
Made us lords of sheep and cattle,
    even animals out in the wild,
Birds flying and fish swimming,
    whales singing in the ocean deeps.

God, brilliant Lord,
    your name echoes around the world. 
Psalm 8 (MSG)

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