September 30, 2020

Evening Psalm

God, our Upholder, how vast is your signature over all the earth. It reflects your glory in the heavens.

From the mouth of infants and nurslings you have made a foundation of strength—to oppose those who oppose you, to bring the enemy and person of vengeance to a halt.

When I behold your name in the heavens, the craft of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you fixed immutable, I think: What is a mortal that you should be mindful of him, offspring of flesh that you should pay her attention?

Yet you have made us only slightly less than God. You have encompassed us with glory and splendor. You allowed us dominion over the works of your hands; you placed everything under our feet, flocks of sheep and herds of cattle, all of them, every beast of the field.

The bird of the sky and the fish of the ocean, all that traverses the sea.

God, our Upholder, how vast is your signature over all the earth.

(Psalm 8, The Complete Psalms, translated by Pamela Greenberg)

Comments

  1. This was really awesome till I got to the part of “Yet you have made us only slightly less than God”. Hmmmm….that flies in the face of “so far are your ways from our ways”. I also wonder about the leap from the usual translation of this passage as a foreshadowing of Jesus into making “us” – as in you and me – only slightly less than God. At best, I think the writer is comparing us to the angels which are not God’s peer.

    I’m also not a fan at all (huge not at all) of the Dominionist Theology. I find that it is too easily twisted by those who wish to sack our earth, plunder her resources, and say “God told us we should”.