“O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth,Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!2 From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength
Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,The moon and the stars, which You have ordained; 4 What is man that You take thought of him,And the son of man that You care for him?5 Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And You crown him with glory and majesty! 6 You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;You have put all things under his feet,7 All sheep and oxen,And also the beasts of the field,8 The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.9 O Lord, our Lord,How majestic is Your name in all the earth!”
It’s always troubled me that, except for the “L” in “Lord,” only the “Y’s,” are capitalized in this Psalm. I’ve been uncomfortable with “son of man” written in lower case letters, as it became one of Jesus’ personally chosen Self-references. When I study this Psalm, then, I have wondered, is this “son of man” a reference to that Son of Man, or is it referring simply to the offspring/son of any“man” about whom God is, as the Psalmist writes, “taking thought”?
According to the online reference biblestudytools.com, this is a long-standing and ongoing controversy. Quoting theologian Matthew Poole (1624-1679) “…’it is a great question among interpreters, whether this Psalm speaks of man in general, and of the honour which God puts upon him in his creation, or only of the man Christ Jesus.'”*
Two paths. Two potential interpretations.
OK….here comes the “personal take,” the one which enables a whirl around the ballroom floor instead of coming to a dead stop while the music is still playing.
It seems outrageous to me to consider that Jesus, a third of the Almighty’s very essence and ever-communing companion with the eternal Father and the Spirit, could be dismissed with the question, “what is….that You care for him?”
It just can’t be that Capital-H-Him, the One slain before the foundation of the world, the Word Who became flesh and dwelt among us, the One who crafted, validated, and became the Covenant in which we now live.
So, then…if God is not dismissing Himself…who is left standing, crowned with glory and majesty, ruling over the works of God’s hands?
Let’s pirouette on over to Hebrews, where this very Psalm is quoted, and where Scripture points out, “For in subjecting all things to him (little-h,man), He (Big-H,God) left nothing that is not subject to him (little-h,man). But now we do not yet see all things subjected to him (little-h,man)”. (Hebrews 2:8b, NASB, added parenthesis)
I think this is an interesting and outwardly contradictory pairing of sentences. God left nothing that is not subject to him…but now we do not yet see all things subjected to him…
Earlier in the month, Pastor Larry stated, “This is the choice that we face, today…we have to choose what we believe, where we center our mind and our heart relative to where we stand, today, in Christ. We either value ‘what it took’ to get us here, or we place our value in the fact that we are now in a Covenant relationship that opens up unimaginable possibilities to us…”
“Unimaginable possibilities”…I think that’s a pretty good summation of a destiny daily fueled by the Spirit of God as He speaks to us, encourages us, directs us, and teaches us.