God's name is overwhelmingly majestic
God's name is overwhelmingly majestic [draft sermon notes]
Published January 9th, 2019
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How Majestic Is Your Name 8 To the choirmaster: according to The p Gittith. 1 A Psalm of David. 1 O Lord , our Lord, how majestic is your q name in all the earth! You have set your r glory above the heavens. 2 s Out of the mouth of babies and infants, you have established t strength because of your foes, to still u the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I v look at your heavens, the work of your w fingers, the moon and the stars, x which you have set in place, 4 y what is man that you are z mindful of him, and a the son of man that you b care for him? 5 Yet you have made him a little lower than c the heavenly beings 1 and crowned him with d glory and honor. 6 You have given him e dominion over the works of your hands; f you have put all things under his feet, 7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord , our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
8 1 לַמְנַצֵּ֥חַ עַֽל ־ הַגִּתִּ֗ית מִזְמ֥וֹר לְדָוִֽד ׃ 2 יְהוָ֤ה אֲדֹנֵ֗ינוּ מָֽה ־ אַדִּ֣יר שִׁ֭מְךָ בְּכָל ־ הָאָ֑רֶץ אֲשֶׁ֥ר תְּנָ֥ה ה֝וֹדְךָ֗ עַל ־ הַשָּׁמָֽיִם ׃ 3 מִפִּ֤י עֽוֹלְלִ֨ים ׀ וְֽיֹנְקִים֮ יִסַּ֪דְתָּ֫ עֹ֥ז לְמַ֥עַן צוֹרְרֶ֑יךָ לְהַשְׁבִּ֥ית א֝וֹיֵ֗ב וּמִתְנַקֵּֽם ׃ 4 כִּֽי ־ אֶרְאֶ֣ה שָׁ֭מֶיךָ מַעֲשֵׂ֣י אֶצְבְּעֹתֶ֑יךָ יָרֵ֥חַ וְ֝כוֹכָבִ֗ים אֲשֶׁ֣ר כּוֹנָֽנְתָּה ׃ 5 מָֽה ־ אֱנ֥וֹשׁ כִּֽי ־ תִזְכְּרֶ֑נּוּ וּבֶן ־ אָ֝דָ֗ם כִּ֣י תִפְקְדֶֽנּוּ ׃ 6 וַתְּחַסְּרֵ֣הוּ מְּ֭עַט מֵאֱלֹהִ֑ים וְכָב֖וֹד וְהָדָ֣ר תְּעַטְּרֵֽהוּ ׃ 7 תַּ֭מְשִׁילֵהוּ בְּמַעֲשֵׂ֣י יָדֶ֑יךָ כֹּ֝ל שַׁ֣תָּה תַֽחַת ־ רַגְלָֽיו ׃ 8 צֹנֶ֣ה וַאֲלָפִ֣ים כֻּלָּ֑ם וְ֝גַ֗ם בַּהֲמ֥וֹת שָׂדָֽי ׃ 9 צִפּ֣וֹר שָׁ֭מַיִם וּדְגֵ֣י הַיָּ֑ם עֹ֝בֵ֗ר אָרְח֥וֹת יַמִּֽים ׃ 10 יְהוָ֥ה אֲדֹנֵ֑ינוּ מָֽה ־ אַדִּ֥יר שִׁ֝מְךָ֗ בְּכָל ־ הָאָֽרֶץ ׃
8 1 εἰς τὸ τέλος ὑπὲρ τῶν ληνῶν ψαλμὸς τῷ Δαυιδ 2 κύριε ὁ κύριος ἡμῶν ὡς θαυμαστὸν τὸ ὄνομά σου ἐν πάσῃ τῇ γῇ ὅτι ἐπήρθη ἡ μεγαλοπρέπειά σου ὑπεράνω τῶν οὐρανῶν 3 ἐκ στόματος νηπίων καὶ θηλαζόντων κατηρτίσω αἶνον ἕνεκα τῶν ἐχθρῶν σου τοῦ καταλῦσαι ἐχθρὸν καὶ ἐκδικητήν 4 ὅτι ὄψομαι τοὺς οὐρανούς ἔργα τῶν δακτύλων σου σελήνην καὶ ἀστέρας ἃ σὺ ἐθεμελίωσας 5 τί ἐστιν ἄνθρωπος ὅτι μιμνῄσκῃ αὐτοῦ ἢ υἱὸς ἀνθρώπου ὅτι ἐπισκέπτῃ αὐτόν 6 ἠλάττωσας αὐτὸν βραχύ τι παρ’ ἀγγέλους δόξῃ καὶ τιμῇ ἐστεφάνωσας αὐτόν 7 καὶ κατέστησας αὐτὸν ἐπὶ τὰ ἔργα τῶν χειρῶν σου πάντα ὑπέταξας ὑποκάτω τῶν ποδῶν αὐτοῦ 8 πρόβατα καὶ βόας πάσας ἔτι δὲ καὶ τὰ κτήνη τοῦ πεδίου 9 τὰ πετεινὰ τοῦ οὐρανοῦ καὶ τοὺς ἰχθύας τῆς θαλάσσης τὰ διαπορευόμενα τρίβους θαλασσῶν 10 κύριε ὁ κύριος ἡμῶν ὡς θαυμαστὸν τὸ ὄνομά σου ἐν πάσῃ τῇ γῇ
God's name is overwhelmingly majestic Intro 'Name' - i.e., the knowledge, reputation which God has made known about himself. His 'brand'. 1. God's name is overwhelmingly majestic (v1-4) v1 all the earth. Glory above heavens; i.e., can't be contained within creation. v2 God is so great that he shows it even through the very weakest of human beings. cf Matthew 21.15-16; 2 Corinthians 12. v3-4 Despite his greatness, he is concerned for humanity Do we respond to the wonder of creation like this? What is it that stops us? 2. Yet he has given astonishing honour to humankind v5 a little [while] lower than 'angels' - cf Hebrews 2.1-10 v6-8 dominion over all creation; cf Genesis 1-2 FCF: Rather than living overwhelmed with joy at knowing God's majestic name, we are absorbed with pride at ourselves, as if we were centres of the universe. Jesus as true man - living joyfully under the rule of the Father. Subdue and rule fulfilled in the work of Jesus, where he endured the curse of sin and death. And the Father has put all things under his feet; the victory has been won. Dominion over all things given to a man, Jesus of Nazareth. Here is the true man! cf Psalm 15. Ecce homo. The true adam of Genesis 1 who has subdued death. Union - in him, I have subdued and ruled, i.e. I am part of the new, raised humanity; and so that is what I do in my small patch of creation in this present age. Wrap up How majestic is your name in all the earth!