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Thursday, January 14, 2016

PSALM 8


 
This Psalm is like a beautiful woman when she enters a room as in a romance novel.  It gets quiet and everyone's eyes are upon her.  This Psalm, a stunner,  speaks for itself in all of its beauty.  What more can we say?  It is quoted in Matthew and I Corinthians, Ephesians, and Hebrews.  It speaks of the splendor of God and is prophetic of Christ.  I wonder if David ever dreamed that so many of his Psalms were actually prophecy. 

 
"O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Thy name in all the earth,
Who has displayed Thy splendor above the heavens!"
("This is Yehovah Adoneynu, 'O Jehovah our Prop, our Stay, our Support.'")

 
God has displayed His splendor above the heavens, but He has done pretty well done here too.  Having been to the Rockies from Colorado to Canada, I can say I've seen splendor and majesty in His creation.  But the next part is one of my favorite selections which is quoted by Christ Himself.  I love babies and He loved babies...
 
"From the mouth of infants and nursing babes (sucklings)
 Thou hast established strength (praise)
(verse 2)

 
His strength, His support, His Props, are somehow revealed in the weaklings, from the children, His "established strength."  You know children don't have the social inhibitions sometimes that adults think they should.  I know my daughter-in-law is trying to teach her four year old son that it is not appropriate to say some things, which are obviously true, but not appreciated as comments.  That's what these children were doing.  Not everyone appreciated what they were saying.


 
Here's what was in the New Testament in Matthew 21:12-16
 
"And Jesus entered the temple and cast out all those who were buying and selling in the temple , and over turned the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those who were selling doves.  And He said to them, 'It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer; but you have made it a robbers' den.'  And the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.  But when the chief priests and the scribes saw the wonderful things that He had done, and the children who were crying out in the temple and saying, 'Hosanna to the Son of David,' they became indignant, and said to Him, 'Do You hear what these are saying?'  And Jesus said to them, 'Yes; have you never read, 'Out of the mouth of Infants and nursing babes Thou hast prepared praise for Thyself'?"

 
Don't you just love it! Jesus had turned into a wild man turning over tables and chasing people out of the temple like they were robbers, a den of thieves, and they were.  So in came the blind, the lame and the children.  Some came to be healed, and they were.  But the children came to praise, the praise that God had prepared, ordained, that was prophecied of in the Psalms.  The children called Him the Son of David.  Lovely, isn't it?  Would you have wanted your little ones to be around such a wild man?  Sometimes even the house of God needs to be cleaned out so that His presence becomes irresistible as sensed by the innocents drawn by His purity

 
God bless the mamas who stood aside holding their babes in arms whose chubby little hands reached out to Him, but the toddlers and children got away from their skirts to follow Jesus in the place of worship.  You know women had their place in the temple, and it wasn't up with the men, and certainly not up with the Teacher.  The children had gotten a little out of control running up where they weren't supposed to be making the Scribes and Pharisees nervous and upset.  Is this also the part where Jesus said, "Suffer the little children to come unto Me and forbid them not," when even His disciples tried to shush and shoo them away?


 
Adam Clarke says, "We have seen how our Lord applied this passage to the Jewish children, who, seeing His miracles cried out in the Temple, 'Hosanna to the Son of David.'  And we have seen how the enemy and the avenger--the chief priests and the scribes--were offended because of these things; and as the psalm wholly concerns Jesus Christ, it is most probable that in this act of the Jewish children the prophecy had its primary fulfillment, and was left to the Jews as a witness and a sign of the Messiah, which they should have acknowledged when our Lord directed their attention to it." Nothing could make the powers at be in the temple madder than having the Old Testament Scriptures thrown back in their face. They had their grumpy pants on under those robes.

 
Oh my, I think I'll have to just stop there and pondered these things, the children, the babes, the praise  given that He is due.  That is one reason leading children's programs over the years in church had so much meaning.  God ordained praise even from the infants, His cherubs.  I think this Psalm will have to be continued...
 


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