Oh Lord, How Majestic Is Your Name – Old Testament Tuesday
O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
This Psalm shows the contrast between God and humanity. David looks at the heavens and the stars in the sky and also the moon. These are all things the fingers of God have set in place.
The name of God is majestic above all things and this is repeated at the beginning and end of this Psalm. Here also is humanity made a little lower than heavenly beings. The expression “son of man” is very common throughout the Old Testament. In most places it is a unique way of saying humanity. In some prophetic books it takes on the meaning as another name for the coming Messiah, like Daniel 7:13 which definitely refers to Jesus. Jesus used this name because He became one of us and identified with us. It always caused the Pharisees to question Jesus because that name was not mixed in with their normal messianic expectations.
This Psalm talks about human responsibility and dominion over the earth. Son of man here is talking about humanity made to have care of the world God has created. I thought of this Psalm this morning while driving in to church, I heard on the radio the Bison, or Buffalo, was made the national mammal. I have read that there are herds again in the wild out west. I have recently seen herds on farms throughout the country in rural areas. I love having this great variety and diversity of wildlife because it all reminds me of how majestic is God, and His name, in all the earth.
In Christ’s Service, Pastor Dave