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Tuesday, January 01, 2013

O Lord, our Lord. O Lord, our Sovereign. Yahweh, our Lord. God, Brilliant Lord.

Various versions of scripture try, each in their own way, to properly, worshipfully address the Almighty. What appellation works for you?

How curious that this psalm which begins and ends with praise of God immediately shifts to the glories of humankind. Remarkably, or perhaps not so at all, the author turns attention from God to us. Yes, God is the creator, but remember what's also important: We are the pinnacle of those creative efforts!

Before the glory of the Christmas Child fades, let us try, for at least a little while longer, to remember that "at the name of Jesus every knee should bend ... every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God" and to the redemption of all that God has brought into being.

Great God, we humans are but a tiny fragment of your creative and redemptive powers. Your love goes out to everything you have made. For all that you have saved through Christ Jesus, your Son, including us, we praise you. Amen.

Craig Richter
St. Paul, Minn.
Master of Divinity , 1976

Psalm 8 (NRSV)

1 O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens.

2 Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established;

4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?

5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.

6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,

7 all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,

8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9 O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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