Thursday, January 1, 2009

Name of Jesus Psalm 8

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

You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouths of babes and infants
you have founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to silence the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals that you care for them?

Yet you have made them a little lower than God,
and crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

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

Comments: I have always loved this psalm. It speaks the name of God as does creation. I can’t seem to get my Hebrew concordance to load today but I think that there must be some word for God in this psalm that does not translate well into English. In various translations ‘sovereign’ is called ‘governor’, ‘king’ and ‘Lord’. It is hard in the present day to understand the name of God. The ancients called God ‘Ya’--A name that can be like the breath yet one who is so powerful at to create the universe

The name of Jesus, Yeshua, in Hebrew means ‘God (Ya) saves’. It was a popular name in the first century. It was a majestic name, reminding people of Joshua, a warrior who had saved the people. But this Jesus was to be savior of a different ilk. This Yeshua is who continues to remind us to save through peace.

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