The Glory of God

by David and Stephen Olford

Text: "O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth, who has set the glory above the heavens" (Ps. 8:1).

Thought: The theme of the psalm is that of the glory of God, as revealed and reflected in the universe around us. So David speaks of:

The Wisdom of God's Elective Glory. "Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger" (v. 2). In His inscrutable wisdom and sovereign pleasure, God reveals His glory in the manner in which He chooses His creatures to serve His purposes. He can choose the innocence of a little child to celebrate His praise, and take up the weakest vessel to silence the accuser, as well as punish the avenger.

The Witness of God's Creative Glory. "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou has ordained" (v. 3). The psalmist is caught up with the immensity of God's creation and the witness of His glory in the heavens, the moon, and the stars. No one can contemplate the witness of God's creative glory without being impressed with the unceasing activity of God in His universe.

The Wonder of God's Redemptive Glory. "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him?" (v. 4; see also 5-8). These closing verses have reference to Christ as the Son of man (see Matt. 22:41-46; Heb. 2:6-11), but there is no doubt that David's primary thought is that of man, as seen in God's redemptive purpose. And God's design, in such an activity of redemption, is that man should be elevated to a place of dignity and dominion. All that Adam forfeited by his sin of disobedience has been restored to the believing sinner through faith in Jesus Christ. Such a contemplation of God's elective, creative, and redemptive glory leaves us no alternative than to exclaim with adoring worship: "O Jehovah our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!" (v. 9).

Thrust: "How great Thou art!"

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