We considered the first two Psalms earlier this year which were preparatory in prayer. They invited us to meditate upon, first the Torah, and second, the King. These two things provide the framework in which all of our prayer and meditation is to take place. But we are not limited to meditation upon the Word and the King. We can meditate upon just about anything, and if considered within this framework, it will lead us back to admiring or “praising” God. Why? Because all things are the work of The Artist and as we learn how to meditate upon them, we arrive back with Him. In Psalm 8, our meditation begins with the night sky, something to which we all have access and with which, at some point, we’ve all been awestruck. As we take this element and meditate, we begin to see the wonder of man, the wonder of God, and the wonder of God who becomes man.
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.
8:1 O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?
5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
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! (ESV)