Psalm 8 speaks of the wonder of God. How God is supreme, and that by teaching the young to praise him, his enemies and those who oppose him will be silenced.
David asks who are we in relation to the awesome creation of God. ‘ what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?’ Looking to the night sky and the work of God’s fingers and then acknowledging that although God created everything he has put man in charge of these things. God has put people above all of his creation ‘putting all things under their authority’ and that he has crowned us with glory and honor.
As I go through these Psalms and write my interpretation, I think ‘who am I to interpret the great book of the Bible?’. But it is fascinating to do this. I recommend that you try it yourself. Try and make sense of what the Bible is saying to you. What do you get from the Bible? What message is it conveying to you?
Psalm 8 to me is basically saying that God has made people supreme over all of his creations. We are special, he made this world for us. Praise him for it and make your journey here in his name.
Here is Psalm 8 from the New Living Translation Version;
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 honor.
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.
So why all the pain, heartache, difficulty in the world? Those are the questions that plague me and often make me question Christianity.
Of course I don’t have the answers but it my short experience of Christianity through sober eyes. I see God working amidst the worst of situations. I see him bring people together during difficulties and I see him working for the good in all situations. Before Christianity and before my sobriety, I did not see any of these things. I was blinded by my own muddled up alcoholic brain. Even when life is difficult, the comfort of knowing that God is right beside me and in me through the Holy Spirit, I am always able to find strength, hope and purpose of this. In the past, I had no hope, life was just an ongoing struggle with no purpose or point. Now, although life is not the breeze I thought it was going to be, I realize that God is taking me through some valleys that are necessary to become closer to him. I know that my outcome will be a good one and I have hope again. I know that the future is going to brighter and Psalm 8 reiterates that to me.
Know that he created you to become more than you can imagine
Trust in him for all of your needs in good times and in bad
Know that your creation is the purpose of this universe
If you look around the world and see things that you don’t like about it or yourself – start making a change, do something about it, take the first steps and let God lead you further. Take the leap of faith. Get sober, ask God for his help and don’t stop asking. ‘Ask and you shall receive’,
Enjoy your own study of the Psalms!