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Meditation based on Psalm 8
I read recently about a former athlete who often used code names for his inner circle. This code name for this superstar was somewhat surprising. He answered to Yahweh, a Hebrew word for God’s personal, covenantal name. This person believed that their fame and popularity required a greater name than others.
Our Scripture lesson this morning from Psalm 8 declares that there is only one Yahweh. The God who made all things is the only one worthy of the name that is majestic in all the earth. This short Psalm is unique. David, the author, never calls the reader to actually do anything. He simply begins and ends the psalm by declaring how majestic God’s name is in all the earth. The rest of the psalm tells why God’s name is majestic.
First we see that God’s name is majestic because of his glory. God’s glory is seen in two places. First we see that place is in the heavens. Verse one says God covered the heavens with his majesty. The purpose of creation is to magnify and declare the beauty and glory of God.
The second place where we see God’s glory is within our helplessness. David writes how God established a stronghold from the mouths of children and nursing infants. His point in these verses was to share that God uses weakness to overcome strength. God can use the weakness of an infant to overcome the strength of an army. God’s glory is most visible, not in our strength, but in our weakness and dependence upon Him.
We also learn in this passage that God’s name is majestic because of his love for us. God’s love for us should lead us to want to worship and praise God at all times. There are many Christians who struggle with accepting God’s love unconditionally. We either think God is unable to love us because of the sin in our lives or God has to love us.
We forget that God chose to love us and God showed his love through the sacrifice of his only son, Jesus Christ. This leads us to the final reason God’s name is majestic. God’s name is majestic because of God’s grace. Psalm 8 directs us to our savior. In grace, God sent Jesus Christ to redeem us and by raising Him from the dead, bestowed on Him the name that is above every name. His name is the most majestic in all the earth. He is crowned with the honor and glory of our rightful king.
We have come together this morning to worship God and to participate in a very visible sign of grace through the Sacrament of Holy Communion. Today we remember that Christ is honored in a special way this morning. Throughout churches all over the world today, people will be celebrating Holy Communion.
One of the great treasures in our life is Jesus Christ. He came into our world not to make us weak, but strong. Christ’s gift to us, his own life is remembered as we celebrate this sacrament. This is a sacrament to share and a sacrament to treasure. Through the sacrament we are assured the riches of God’s grace and forgiveness. Together let us come to the Lord’s Table.
The Rev. Dr. David A. Marcus, Jr.
October 7, 2018