30 January 2006

A Psalm to Commemorate the Birth of Josiah my Firstborn

Psalm 8 has been figuring into my thoughts lately. The birth of my firstborn son yesterday makes some of the phrases here beam with a significance I had not seen before.

I am intrigued by the connection [still vague, in my mind] between the "children and infants" and the appointment of man as ruler "over the works of [Yahweh's] hands." My initial thought is that "children and infants" is a metaphor for humankind itself, which is seen as insignificant in contrast with the "heavens...the moon and the stars." It is these small specks of the universe, mere "children and infants" in the vast scheme of things, to which God has imparted his image, bestowed his special love, and entrusted the rule of the earth.

"O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

"You have set your glory above the heavens.
From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise
because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger.

"When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?

"You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:
all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.

"O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!"

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