每日诗歌: 詩篇二十三篇 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4O6qm-l90c)
人算什么？这个问题系牢在最有名的诗篇之一 - 诗篇第8篇上。确实，人在神的创造中根本是微不足道。然而，这种认知只会使神的救赎大工显得如此惊人和富有恩典。
Psalms 7 [Read]
Psalms 8 [Read]
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Acts 17:1-15 [Read]
What is man? This question anchors one of the best known Psalms – Psalm 8. Indeed, man is physically insignificant in God’s Creation. However, such acknowledgement simply makes the redemptive work of God ever so amazing and gracious.
Psalm 8 is strategically placed between two groups of psalms. The first includes Ps 3-7, focusing on human suffering and desperate calls to the Almighty for deliverance. The second includes Ps 9-10, shifting attention to the glorious victory by the LORD in response to the calls by his people. On the literary structure, therefore, Ps 8 serves as a transition from human misery to divine triumph. Such is the background to keep in mind when we read this psalm.
Psalm 8 is capped on both ends with “O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth” (8:1, 9). This shows that it’s a psalm about God’s characters and majesty. His power is mighty yet mysterious, and he uses seemingly powerless people, children and infants, to defeat the evil enemies (8:2). Such power is shown in the heaven, moon, and stars he set in place (8:3). Yet his will is to crown the human with his glory and honor (8:5) and make him the ruler of the works of his hand (8:6). Under such context, we may properly understand “what is man”.
Verse 4 begins with “what is man that you are mindful of him”, and it literally means “what is man that you remember him”. God remembers human beings as his crown jewel of Creation, even though they fell into Sin. God then turns his remembrance into action in the second half of the verse: “what is man that you care for him”. The word for “care for” more often means “visit” in Hebrew, and the word for “man” here is the same word as Enosh, Adam’s godly line through Seth (Gen 4:26). God’s remembrance of his Creation turned into a personal visit to his people. Isn’t that amazing?
Christians know what that visit is (Heb 2:6-9). Through that visit 2000 years ago, we are able to become the heirs of God with the testimony of the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:16-17). We are called the children of the Almighty, and are waiting to inherit the glorious inheritance (Eph 1:18). When you think about this, you can’t help but echoing the psalmist’s question “what is man?”
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