Christianity 201

May 26, 2019

The Earth Tells of His Name

Filed under: Christianity - Devotions — paulthinkingoutloud @ 5:36 pm
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Psalm 8 is a beautiful reminder of the general revelation of God in nature, often used by Christian apologists in association with the argument from intelligent design. It also relates to the many scriptures that speak to the honor of God’s name. By contrast it also speaks to the finiteness of man. It is also prophetic where it points to the coming Christ.

Some verses of Psalm 8 are referenced in the New Testament:

  • Verse 2 is quoted by Jesus in Matthew 21:16 in reference to children praising him in the temple.
    “Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read,“‘From the lips of children and infants
    you, Lord, have called forth your praise’ ?”
  • Verses 4-6 are quoted in Hebrews 2:6-8 in reference to Jesus’ incarnation.
    But there is a place where someone has testified:“What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    a son of man that you care for him?
    You made them a little lower than the angels;
    you crowned them with glory and honor
    and put everything under their feet.”
    In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them.  Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them.
  • Verse 6 is quoted in 1 Corinthians 15:27;
     For he “has put everything under his feet.”  Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ.
    and Ephesians 6:22
    And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church

Matthew Henry notes that Psalm 8 “begins and ends with the same acknowledgment of the transcendent excellency of God’s name.”

Worship slides and paraphrase of Psalm 8 by Ruth Wilkinson.