Psalm 8

The LORD makes small things strong in order to make His name great.

This is again Adamic fulfillment – Adam and Eve should’ve been singing this song in Eden instead of reaching for the glory of their own names.

We often misunderstand our importance – we may feel important because we find ourselves ruling, and ultimately convince ourselves that we deserve to rule based on our merit. However, true understanding of the greatness of God results in humility and service. Again – the kingship hierarchy discussed in Psalm 3 that should’ve been fulfilled by Adam, but is ultimately fulfilled in Christ’s servant-rule.

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Psalm 3

Lots of up/down language:

  • the foes rise
  • God lifts David’s head
  • David lies down
  • God is up on his holy hill
  • David lies down
  • David rose up through the Lord’s sustenance
  • Arise, oh God!

David recognizes his low stature and is lifted up by God. The foes pick themselves up by their bootstraps and are slapped down by God.

This gives insight to the hierarchy of kingly rule described in Psalm 2; the king has no strength in himself and is lifted up from above. “God’s strength is made perfect in weakness”.