Subject: Redeemer Downtown Devotional: First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday - June 3, 2012

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First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday - June 3, 2012

These devotionals are to help you prepare for each Sunday to come in the Christian Calendar.* 


 

O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.
Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?
Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.
You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
Psalm 8:1-9 (ESV)
Psalm 8 is a reminder of the uncontested majesty and greatness of God in dramatic contrast with the frailty of man. The heavens are God’s handiwork, yet He is a God who hears and is attentive to the lowliest of men. The psalm speaks of God’s glory and grace and our fitting response in celebration and awe.

The breadth of God’s work and the world He has created is described through the psalm through dramatic contrasts between strong and weak, celestial and earthly, exalted and humbled. While the enemy and avenger rise up to challenge God, it is “out of the mouth of babies and infants” that the honor of God is upheld. Though He creates the moon and stars with his fingers, He cares for even the lowliest among men (“son of man” was used typically in reference to someone of lowly estate). Despite his insignificance in comparison with God’s glory, man has been given dominion over all creation, from domesticated animals (“sheep and oxen”) to beasts of the field, from birds in flight to fish of the sea.

The psalm is both humbling and ennobling as it tells of a God who not only creates humanity, but endows that creation with His own divine image, the indelible stamp of God upon man (v. 5 has significant echoes with Genesis 1). He is a King and Servant, exalted as God and humble as a son of man, the Lion and the Lamb. And as such, He makes us into people with a similar breadth of character. He makes us courageous and humble, strong and gentle, reverential and joyful. He is the God who created all, yet is mindful of even the smallest among us. Little wonder that the psalm concludes, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
 
John C. Lin, Downtown Lead Pastor

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect** from The Book of Common Prayer

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