There are many grand locations that we can all remember. Or on a good night we can see the vastness of the stars and see that this world, this universe, is a whole lot bigger than us. David, maybe even in the midst of trouble and strife, may have looked up one night and just realized how amazing God was. This is Psalm 8: a meditation on the glory of God (Ps. 8:1). David then turns back to himself. He is small, indeed, in this universe.
So who are humans? Why do they matter so much so much to God? Psalm 8:5-8 says that we are the lowest form of intelligent life; not even coming to close to matching the power of angels. Yet God has given us the right to rule over the entire earth. Genesis 1-2 tells us that God loves us and care for us because of how we were created. We where created in relationship to God.
This mighty God of creation is also Yahweh (LORD), the covenant making God of the people of Israel. He is the God who has shattered armies to redeem his people (Ps. 9:1-2). He is the one who has promised to make David king and will see this promise fulfilled. So while there is evil in the world, wicked nations raged against God and his anointed (Ps. 9:5-6; see Ps. 2), it is not they but God who sits upon the throne as the eternal righteous judge (Ps. 9:7-8).
The God of creation and the God of redemption, one and the same. He created and loves his people! What amazing thoughts! You would think after you’ve meditated on these two psalms that nothing could ever shake your confidence again.
But then we read Psalm 10. A psalm which has no title. It merely begins, with the painful words “where are you God?” I am in danger, surrounded on all sides by the wicked, where are you God? Why have you hidden yourself from me (Ps. 10:1-5)? Every Christian will go through suffering, some greater than others. In the midst of this suffering it’s important to have good Bible infused theology. We need to realize our dignity before God and to remember that this is the God of his eternal covenant. That doesn’t mean we do no cry out in times of trouble. What and in point of face it does mean we cry out because we know someone is listening. Not only is someone listening but He can actually do something about it.
In these Psalms the ultimate answer to all our questions is Jesus. He is the one who is God but was made lower than the angels in his incarnation (Heb. 2:6-7). He is the one who creates the universe with God the Father (John 1:1-3). At Jesus’s name every creature will bow down and worship him (Phil 2:9-10). Jesus accomplished a greater Exodus at the Cross. Jesus is the righteous judge who forgave his people. Jesus is the one who was abandoned by God at the Cross so that we would be accepted. Jesus was made like us, suffered like us, because he loves us. Let us hold fast to our good king especially in the midst of suffering!
Sunday – Psalm 2
Monday – Psalm 3
Tuesday – Psalm 7
Wednesday – Psalm 8
Thursday – Psalm 9
Friday – Psalm 10
Saturday Psalm 5-10