Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Psalm 8

Psalm 8 is one of my favorite Psalms. I was reading Charles Spurgeon's Treasury of David and here is some of his commentary on it.


"O LORD, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all
the earth,
Who have set Your glory above the

"Unable to express the glory of God, the Psalmist utters a note of exclamation. O Jehovah our Lord! We need not wonder at this, for no heart can measure, no tongue can utter, the half of the greatness of Jehovah. The whole creation is full of his glory and radiant with the excellency of his power; his goodness and his wisdom are manifested on every hand. The countless myriads of terrestrial beings, from man the head, to the creeping worm at the foot, are all supported and
nourished by the Divine bounty. The solid fabric of the universe leans upon his eternal arm. Universally is he present, and everywhere is his name excellent. God worketh ever and everywhere. There is no place where God is not. The miracles of his power await us on all sides. Traverse the silent valleys where the rocks enclose you on either side, rising like the battlements of heaven till you can see but a strip of the blue sky far overhead; you may be the only traveler who has passed through that glen; the bird may start up affrighted, and the moss may tremble beneath the first tread of human foot; but God is there in a thousand wonders, upholding yon rocky barriers, filling the flowercups with their perfume, and refreshing the lonely pines
with the breath of his mouth. Descend, if you will, into the lowest depths of the ocean. where undisturbed the water sleeps, and the very sand is motionless in unbroken quiet, but the glory of the Lord is there, revealing its excellence in the silent
palace of the sea. Borrow the wings of the morning and fly to the uttermost parts of the sea, but God is there. Mount to the highest heaven, or dive into the deepest hell, and God is in both hymned in everlasting song, or justified in terrible vengeance. Everywhere, and in every place, God dwells and is manifestly at work. Nor on earth alone is Jehovah extolled, for his brightness shines forth in the firmament above the earth. His glory exceeds the glory of the starry heavens; above the region of the stars he hath set fast his everlasting throne, and there he dwells in light ineffable. Let us adore him "who alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea; who maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the
chambers of the south." (Job 9:8, 9.) We can scarcely find more fitting words than those of Nehemiah, "Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee."' --Charles Spurgeon


Bonita said...

Beautiful and inspirational post, Annie. The photos are quite lovely too, but above all is the great wonderment of Creation and the Creator who made it.

mreddie said...

All the awesome creation and still some say there is no God - so sad for them. ec

jrfrancisco said...

GREAT! It is indeed Jehovah created these things but many people do not understand why it was created.

I am a Jehovah's Witness from Philippines.

Ruhiyyih Rose said...

Beautiful pics, Annie! That top one is a great shot of Mt. Oberlin, which Daisy and I climbed in July of 2004 :) Glacier Park Montana!

rachd said...

Beautiful pictures and beautiful words. Just lovely! =)

george wesley said...

Hi Annie,
In answer to your question on my blog,why Baha'is believe that Jesus was born of a virgin is because the Baha'i Writings state clearly that we should NOT view this as metaphorical. Interesting, huh!

Crystal said...

Wow, that was awesome! I love the pics too!