July 24, 2022

Created to rule

Passage: Psalm 8
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Theme: The majestic LORD is mindful of human beings; honour him by being a dependent steward

Psalm 8 is quoted a number of times in the New Testament (cf. 1 Corinthians 15:27; Hebrews 2:6-8), on one occasion by Jesus. He had entered Jerusalem in triumph on what we call Palm Sunday. While he was in the temple area, healing the blind and lame who came to him, the children who had observed the triumphal entry continued to praise him, crying, “Hosanna to the Son of David.” This made the chief priests and teachers of the law indignant. But Jesus replied, referring to Psalm 8, “Have you never read, ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’?” (Matt. 21:16). If these leaders of the people had been indignant before, they must have become nearly catatonic now. For by identifying the praise of the children of Jerusalem with Psalm 8, Jesus not only validated their words, showing them to be proper. (He was, indeed, the “son of David,” the Messiah.) He also interpreted their praise as praise not of a mere man, which a mere “son of David” would be, but of God, since the psalm says that God has ordained praise for himself from children’s lips. - James Boice, Psalms 1-41 (An Expositional Commentary)