This week we are going to read some of the Psalms together. Psalms is part of the “wisdom literature” of scripture. Job, Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes form a section of the Bible that is often poetic and teaches the reader who God is and how it is appropriate to both respond in praise and live in His presence.

The Psalms are a collection of 150 individual psalms. Many were written to be sung by the priests or gathered congregation at the temple. There are a variety of authors of the Psalms, but King David is the most prolific and well-known of these authors. It is just another example of how God used this shepherd-king to point the nation to the Lord. You can see at the beginning of this psalm that it is “A Psalm of David.”

This video is a helpful introduction to the Psalms.

The Creator

This psalm beautifully holds out the glory of God in creation. Verse 1 shows us his glory in both the earth and the heavens. The Lord is the one who is great and majestic in all of creation.

Then in verse 4 the psalmist turns his attention to mankind. He begins by pointing out that there is nothing about man that show draw the Lord’s attention. The Lord and the Lord alone is majestic. And yet, in verse 5, the psalmist reminds us that God has “crowned him with glory and honor.” More than that, God, who rules all of creation, has given mankind dominion over all that the Lord has made in all the earth.

The Lord is Creator and majestic in all that He has made. It is as servants of the Lord that we steward all that He has made.

The Majestic God-man

Now read Hebrews 2:5-9.

We see that Jesus, who is Himself majestic God, became a man and “was made lower than the angels.” This Jesus, who in humility came to earth, is glorified not only as majestic creator, but also as redeemer of His people.