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Psalms 8:5-6 Crowned with Glory and Honor

Posted by Ez1 Realty on March 28, 2017


PF PsalmsPsalms 8:5-6 KJ2000 For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and have crowned him with glory and honor. (6) You made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet:

This is a familiar prophecy about Jesus. This gives you the chance to reflect on your understanding of the texts before reading this study. Are you more familiar with the Old Testament or New Testament passage. What does it mean to make Christ a little lower than the angels? What does it mean for Jesus to have dominion or to have all things under His feet? This study is a good example of how one chapter expounds on another. It’s not by chance God introduced this lesson in a study of a text many people are familiar with. As easy as it may seem to locate the parallel New Testament texts, the key words contain another example of related words. Lower, dominion, and under are related in context. Recognizing the three related words makes searching easier.

PRM Front Cover Book 3 Kings Through Psalms 30Ephesians 1:19-22 NLTse (19) I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power (20) that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. (21) Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else–not only in this world but also in the world to come. (22) God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church.

The word under turns out to be the key word connecting it to Ephesians 1:19-22 where we also see the phrase, all things repeated. In his letter Paul prays, “ that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power.” Paul includes one example of God’s power. “This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” Paul’s example not only tells us God has power to raise Jesus from the dead, but everyone. Paul also gives us a great sense of security knowing Jesus is, “at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” Jesus has power and authority above every power on earth, the fulfillment of the prophecy recorded in Psalms 8:5-6. What other lessons are taught in these two parallel chapters? We find out by comparing the introductions and summations.

Psalms 8:1-4 NLTse O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. (2) You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you. (3) When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers– the moon and the stars you set in place– (4) what are people that you should think about them, mere mortals that you should care for them?

We see David’s typical prayer style in Psalm 8. Notice how David begins his prayer by praising God? I noticed one thing missing from the Bible, instructions on how to praise God. We have God’s law. All the instructions on sacrifices. Jesus tells us how to pray, but no writer explains how to praise God. David’s Psalms are the best example. Notice how David often praises God at the beginning, middle, and end of his prayers. David will praise God, state his need, then praise God again by saying he knows God will do the right thing. Notice how David praises God. “Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens.” David provides a description of God. To add to that, David tells how God can use children to silence His enemies. David reminds us, the power is not in us, but in Him. I love the way David remembers God is the Creator. In this prayer, David makes it a point to include God’s compassion. “What are people that you should think about them, mere mortals that you should care for them? Now to compare David’s praise to Paul’s introduction in his letter to the Ephesians.

Ephesians 1:2-9 NLTse May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you and peace. (3) All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. (4) Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. (5) God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. (6) So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. (7) He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. (8) He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. (9) God has now revealed to us his mysterious plan regarding Christ, a plan to fulfill his own good pleasure.

Paul knows how David praised God. Paul begins his letter by reminding the Ephesians to praise God. Like David, Paul also praised God, because He is the creator. In His praise, Paul includes both God and His Son Jesus. Paul is establishing the theme of his letter, which is to ensure his readers, Jesus fulfilled His mission on earth and now reigns with God in Heaven. Paul also shows God’s compassion. “God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.” There are so many parallels it would be difficult to cover them all. So far we have seen John describe the dominion David prophesied about. The works of God’s hands are His people. The dominion Jesus has is our praise. We see this when we compare the summations of the two chapters.

Psalms 8:6-9 NLTse You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority— (7) the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, (8) the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. (9) O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!

Ephesians 1:22-23 NLTse (22) God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. (23) And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.

When we consider David’s praise from his point of view, we see how he concentrates on God’s creation. The first thing David mentions is the flocks and herds he needs to feed his kingdom, and provide sacrifices to God. Of course those sacrifices all pointed to Jesus. Paul’s praise is based on seeing and understanding God’s plan of salvation. In essence, Paul is finishing David’s prayer by adding details David could not see. This is an important part of the Bible Study lesson. We’re shown how New Testament writers with increased light are able to share eye witness reports about Jesus’ ministry from the heart. Which is what studying in context will do for us. Each lesson you study on your own will bring new light to your eyes. “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!” (Matthew 6:19-23 NLTse). Jesus’ dominion is His Word. We praise Jesus and honor His dominion when we let Jesus’ Spirit walk us through a study by letting His Words lead us from one texts to another, one chapter to another. If you think you can take Jesus’ Spirit out of a study and use God’s Word to prove your thoughts, beliefs, and doctrines, your trying to mix light with darkness. In essence, your trying to serve two masters, your personal beliefs, and God’s Spirit.

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