Friday, January 5, 2018

Friday - Psalm 8 - What's in a Name?

our name means something (Proverbs 22:1).  I don't mean etymologically, linguistically or terminologically.  I mean, based upon our actions and attitudes; our deeds and misdeeds; our behavior and misbehavior; our character and reputation; our record and testimony... we all have defined ourselves in certain ways, and therefore our names mean specific things in our communities and to our families.  For many of us, our name means different things to different people, depending on the variations in their experiences with us and their personal biases.  But there is one person whose name excels all others.  Jehovah Adonai has a name among those who know Him; among those who have met Him.  His reputation is glorious.  His name is excellent.  He is known for His power and perfection (Deuteronomy 32:31).

In this Psalm, David worships God and shakes his head in humble amazement that God would be willing to condescend to our level to even consider our plight, much less to bless us as He has.  Perhaps David wrote this at night (Psalm 8:3).  As he looked up at the countless stars and considered with what ease God had made them (Genesis 1:16 & Psalm 147:4).  He was awestruck: not just at the majesty of the astronomical canvas, but at the majesty of the God who made it all.  And, he marveled that a God so great would entrust us (little bitty us) with the care and ownership of the creatures around us: the animal kingdom (Genesis 1:26).

So, it may sound super-simplistic, but were reminded again that God as great... and we are not. We have been blessed and honored; yes!  We are made in the image of God and therefore bear (and initially bore much better) a resemblance to Him (James 3:9).  But we are unworthy of such grace.  Humanity has a horrid history and reputation (Ecclesiastes 7:29).  Our name is red with bloodshed, guilt and shame.  But, not God's!  His name is pure and impeccable.  He is worthy of all of the worship, praise, honor, glory, majesty that any and all of us could ever ascribe to Him! 

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