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Sermon on Psalm 8, The Majesty of God in Creation

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  1. 1. Psalm 8The Majesty of God in Creation
  2. 2. 1. Majesty in Weakness
  3. 3. 1. Majesty in Weakness Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger. (Verse 2)
  4. 4. 1. Majesty in WeaknessOur God contracted to a spanIncomprehensibly made manCharles Wesley, 1707-1788
  5. 5. 1. Majesty in WeaknessLike a stone on thesurface of a still riverDriving the ripples onforeverRedemption rips throughthe surface of timeIn the cry of a tiny babeBruce Cockburn, 1945-
  6. 6. 1. Majesty in WeaknessBlessed are the poor in spirit -Blessed are the meekFor theirs shall be thekingdomThat the power mongers seekBlessed are the dead for loveAnd those who cry for peaceAnd those who love the gift ofearth -May their gene pool increaseBruce Cockburn, 1945-
  7. 7. 1. Majesty in WeaknessThe shipwrecked at the stableare the poor in spirit who feellost in the cosmos, adrift on anopen sea, clinging with a life-and-death desperation to theone solitary plank …… The shipwrecked come to thestable seeking not to possessbut to be possessed, wantingnot peace or a religious high, butJesus Christ.Brennan Manning, 1934-
  8. 8. 2. Majesty in Insignificance
  9. 9. 2. Majesty in Insignificance When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? (Psalm 8, verses 3-4)
  10. 10. 2. Majesty in Insignificance2 – 400,000,000,000 stars inthe Milky Way170,000,000,000 galaxies inthe observable universe Source:
  11. 11. 2. Majesty in InsignificanceThird stone from the sun Dust in the wind
  12. 12. 2. Majesty in Insignificance‘fifteen different numbers that have to beexactly what they are for stars andplanets to form, to the tune of one partin a million and in some cases, one part ina million million)’‘That’s why scientists, looking at theastonishing facts of our universe, usephrases like ‘fine-tuning’ and ‘cosmicwelcome mat’, and even say things like,‘The universe looks as if it knew we werecoming’.’(Page 51)
  13. 13. 2. Majesty in Insignificance Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honour. (Psalm 8, verse 5)You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas. (Verses 6-8)
  14. 14. 2. Majesty in InsignificanceCreative managementof God’s worldMoral management forthe good of allA community of goodrelationships
  15. 15. O LORD, our Sovereign, how majestic is yourname in all the earth! (Verses 1 and 9)