I came across this Psalm in the Passion Translation Tuesday night, and I really liked how it was worded so I wanted to share it with you all (along with some more musings).
The Passion Translation is fairly new, so I haven’t had time to read through it yet completely. Earlier this week I read through Psalm 8 in it.
“Lord, your name is so great and powerful! People everywhere see your splendor. Your glorious majesty streams from the heavens, filling the earth with the fame of your name! You have built a stronghold by the songs of babies. Strength rises up with the chorus of singing children. This kind of praise has the power to shut Satan’s mouth. Childlike worship will silence the madness of those who oppose you. Look at the splendor of your skies, your creative genius glowing in the heavens. When I gaze at your moon and your stars, mounted like jewels in their settings, I know you are the fascinating artist who fashioned it all! But when I look up and see such wonder and workmanship above, I have to ask you this question: Compared to all this cosmic glory, why would you bother with puny, mortal man or be infatuated with Adam’s sons? Yet what honor you have given to men, created only a little lower than Elohim, crowned like kings and queens with glory and magnificence. You have delegated to them mastery over all you have made, making everything subservient to their authority, placing earth itself under the feet of your image-bearers. All the created order and every living thing of the earth, sky, and sea— the wildest beasts and all the sea creatures— everything is in submission to Adam’s sons.
Lord, your name is so great and powerful. People everywhere see your majesty! What glory streams from the heavens, filling the earth with the fame of your name!”
Psalms 8:1-9 TPT
I love how it says that praise, especially from children or from a childlike heart, has the power to shut the devil’s mouth! You don’t have to be a child to worship with a childlike heart.
“Look at the splendor of your skies, your creative genius glowing in the heavens. When I gaze at your moon and your stars, mounted like jewels in their settings, I know you are the fascinating artist who fashioned it all!”
The way these lines are written is just so lovely to me. The awe, wonder, and deep respect for our Creator and the Creator of the stars is so apparent, and it reminds me how great He is. What a marvel it is that He would pay us puny mortals any mind! Yet He created us in His image and gave up the life of His son that we may live with Him forever. We bear His image! The Maker of the stars formed us with His hands.
A horribly irreverent analogy that popped in my head to illustrate this point just now:
God speaking to create the stars versus creating us with His own hands and breathing life into us is like asking Alexa to play a song versus making the instruments to play the song yourself. It takes much more care and effort to form something yourself than to speak and have it come to be. And if the universe can astound generations of people with its majesty and vast complexities, how much more exceptional are we?
WHO are we?
We are the children of the One who made the stars in the sky from every galaxy. We are the children of the One who tilted the Earth on its axis and spun the planets into motion. We are the children of the One who organized that the sun would determine the length of days and the moon the length of months. We are the children of the One who decided that life should be just exactly here of all the places in all the heavens.
We are the children of God.
P.S. Update to my post from earlier, Musings of Wonder, Pluto cannot be seen with the naked eye, but can be seen with the aid of a telescope.
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