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Hebrews 2:5-9 – OT

01.31.2011

Psalm 8

This psalm contains some familiar phraseology, thanks to worship music.*

Verses 1 and 9 remind me of Chris Tomlin’s Famous One:

You are the Lord, the famous one, famous one.
Great is Your name in all the earth.
The heavens declare, You’re glorious, glorious.
Great is Your fame beyond the earth.

Verse 4 reminds me of Phillips, Craig, and Dean’s, Friend of God:

Who am I that You are mindful of me,
That You hear me when I call?
Is it true that You are thinking of me?
How You love me!
It’s amazing!

The dominant motif is the juxtaposition of God’s glory and majesty with the insignificance of those that He loves and even uses to His glory.  He claims a small nation wedged between two colossal empires as His own.  He chooses one of the least impressive of all His creatures to bear His image.  He becomes a baby born in obscurity to topple kingdoms, religions, and death itself.

God, who created the world and hung the moon, could destroy evil and establish His glory in an awesome display of power.  He could be stronger than the strongest, mightier than the mightiest, scarier than the scariest.  But that would defeat the mistakes of the world without discrediting them.  By using the insignificant, God redefines our conception of significance.  By using the weak, He redefines our concept of strength and power.

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* I found this to be true more often than not as I read through the Psalms last year.

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