Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Pentecost 19 B - Psalm 8

Psalm 8
The “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name” is mindful of mortals. Within the human community the mighty generally ignore the lowly. There are exceptions, of course, but more often than not human beings are only mindful of themselves. Not so with the majestic name that is above all names. God in Jesus enters the human story as a baby born to an unwed mother in a country occupied by a foreign power. He is the opposite of what we would expect. “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected, a man of suffering and familiar with pain, like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised and we held him in low esteem.” (Isaiah 53:2-3) David imagines God’s mindfulness as crowning mortals with glory and honor and giving them dominion over every living thing. Mortals crowned the majestic name with thorns and heaped scorn and abuse on that sacred head. But the glory of God was the cross (John 12:28) where God elevated mortals by being brought low. “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth…”

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