St Michael’s, July 31st 2016
Readings – Psalm 8, Matthew 14:22-32
These are the first verses of the five preceding Psalms …
3:1 Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!
4:1 Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
5:1 Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament.
6:1 Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.
7:1 Lord my God, I take refuge in you; save and deliver me from all who pursue me …
So what a difference when we reach Psalm 8 …
8:1 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
If the arrangement of the Psalms is deliberate, and I believe it is, then the contrast is especially heightened … after all the angst and agony of betrayal, doubt, fear and distress, this Psalm is a staggering statement of total trust, faith and joy. Let’s look at it in more detail.