Summary: In Psalm 8 King David speaks of looking at everything God has created, in the heavens, in the sky and on the Earth. David is amazed that in all of this vast creation of everything we can see, and everything we can’t, God cares about individual people.
Our theme this year is Hope Found Here, and this month we are considering the Hope we have in our Creator, Our Heavenly Father, the one who created everything we see, and everything we can’t see.
God, is the Creator, He exists, He is not a product of man’s imagination, He is real, He is the basis of our Hope.
This morning I want us to consider together a Psalm written by King David to proclaim the majesty of our Creator.
In Psalm 8 King David speaks of looking at everything God has created, in the heavens, in the sky and on the Earth.
David is amazed that in all of this vast creation of everything we can see, and everything we can’t, God cares about individual people.
Listen to the words of Psalm 8 from the New Living Translation, O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you. When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honour. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority—the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents.O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
King David begins and ends this Psalm with the same statement - “O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!”
O LORD, our Lord. In the original Hebrew David uses two different names for God, the first is Yahweh and second is Adonai. “O Yahweh, our Adonai, your majestic name fills the earth!”. Yahweh means “(the) self Existent or Eternal God” - God is, has always been, and always will be. Right at the start of this Psalm David is proclaiming God is God and God is eternal. The Hebrew root of Adonai is Adon, it describes the one who occupies the position of a “master” or “lord” over a slave or servant. When David addresses God as Adonai, he is expressing the truth that God is the one who is in control, God is his Master and David is His willing servant. A more literal translation of the first and last verse is “O Eternal God, our Lord and Master, your majestic name fills the Earth!”.
David willingly surrendered control of his life to God, David followed the commandments of God and submitted himself to God’s will and plans. David was not perfect, there were times when he stumbled, times when he sinned, times when he chose his own desires and wants. Yet David repented and returned to God. David was obedient to God.
In Acts 13:22 the Apostle Paul writes about what God thought about David, “I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.” I wonder, would God say that of you or me? Do we do everything that God wants us to do?Do we live every day as servants to our Master, to our Creator, to our Lord?
There are many who have accepted Jesus as their Saviour, but if we truly want to be disciples of Christ, then we must also choose to follow Him as Lord. We may call Him our Lord when we pray, but do we truly follow Him as our Master? Yahweh is Lord of all things by His majesty and might, Adonai is OUR Lord and Master by our willing submission to Him in a covenant relationship, a covenant sealed with the blood of Jesus.
Psalm 8:3, When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place
Long before David became king he was a shepherd. Can you imagine him as a young man after a long day looking after the sheep, looking up at the stars and seeing the glory and majesty of God in the night sky.
Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying when he looked at the sky filled with stars he felt he was looking at the face of God. Lincoln also said “I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up, into the heavens and say there is no God.”
Whatever your views of science and the Bible, of creation or evolution or Intelligent Design, the Bible teaches us that everything begins with God. God was in the beginning, actually, God was prior to what we consider the beginning of creation.