For the worship leader. A song of David accompanied by the harp.[a]
This Davidic psalm based on Genesis 1 celebrates not only God’s majesty as Creator but also the unique place of human beings in His creation.
1 O Eternal, our Lord, Your majestic name is heard throughout the earth; Your magnificent glory shines far above the skies. 2 From the mouths and souls of infants and toddlers, the most innocent, You have decreed power to stop Your adversaries and quash those who seek revenge.
3 When I gaze to the skies and meditate on Your creation— on the moon, stars, and all You have made, 4 I can’t help but wonder why You care about mortals— sons and daughters of men— specks of dust floating about the cosmos.
5 But You placed the son of man just beneath God and honored him like royalty, crowning him with glory and honor. 6 You ordained him to govern the works of Your hands, to nurture the offspring of Your divine imagination; You placed everything on earth beneath his feet: 7 All kinds of domesticated animals, even the wild animals in the fields and forests, 8 The birds of the sky and the fish of the sea, all the multitudes of living things that travel the currents of the oceans.
9 O Eternal, our Lord, Your majestic name is heard throughout the earth.
8:titleHebrew, gittith, a winepress or a musical instrument from Gath
8 Isn’t Lady Wisdom calling? Listen; don’t you hear the voice of understanding crying out? 2 She’s taken her stand at the highest place in the city, at the crossroads where everyone can see her. 3 There, and at the gates, at the entrance to the city, right in front of the city doors she cries out:
4 Lady Wisdom: O people! I am calling to you; I have a message for all humanity.
22 The Eternal created me; it happened when His work was beginning, one of His first acts long ago. 23 Before time He established me, before the earth saw its first sunrise. 24 I was born before the deep existed, before any springs poured out their water, 25 Before the mountains were placed on their foundations, before the hills rolled across the land— yes, before all this, I was brought forth. 26 When the earth was yet unformed and the fields were not yet nestled beneath the wind— even before the first dust of the earth— 27 When He created the heavens, I was there. When He drew a circle in the deep, dividing the oceans and the sky, I was there. 28 I was there when He established the sky. I was there when the springs in the deep were fortified; 29 I witnessed Him lay down the shore as a boundary and put limits on the water And determine the foundations of the earth. 30 All this time I was close beside Him, a master craftsman. Every day I was His delightful companion, celebrating every minute in His presence, 31 Elated by the world He was making and all its fine creatures; I was especially pleased with humanity.
In God’s plan to restore a fallen and disfigured world, Abraham became the father of all of us, the agent of blessing to everyone. Jesus completes what God started centuries before when He established Abraham’s covenant family. Those who put faith in Jesus and call Him “Lord” become part of Abraham’s faith family. Because God is gracious, loving, and merciful, men and women from every corner of the earth are not only declared right, but ultimately are made right as well. It happens through God’s actions—not our efforts—in the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus who was crucified for our misdeeds and raised to repair what has been wrong all along. So the promises of God made long years ago are being realized in men and women who hear the call of faith and answer “yes” to it.
5 Since we have been acquitted and made right through faith, we are able to experience true and lasting peace with God through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, the Liberating King.2 Jesus leads us into a place of radical grace where we are able to celebrate the hope of experiencing God’s glory. 3 And that’s not all. We also celebrate in seasons of suffering because we know that when we suffer we develop endurance, 4 which shapes our characters. When our characters are refined, we learn what it means to hope and anticipate God’s goodness. 5 And hope will never fail to satisfy our deepest need because the Holy Spirit that was given to us has flooded our hearts with God’s love.
12 I have so much more to say, but you cannot absorb it right now. 13-15 The Spirit of truth will come and guide you in all truth. He will not speak His own words to you; He will speak what He hears, revealing to you the things to come and bringing glory to Me. The Spirit has unlimited access to Me, to all that I possess and know, just as everything the Father has is Mine. That is the reason I am confident He will care for My own and reveal the path to you.
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