Sermon Quotes: "Theology From A Night Sky"

“Having wended our way in five consecutive psalms (Pss. 3-7) through the dark valleys of lament and pleas for deliverance, we hear the strains of a joyful melody rising from just beyond the steep hill represented by Psalm 7, and we arrive at the crest to discover a welcome prospect of breathtaking beauty and awesome delight. Psalm 8 introduces us to the first experience of joyful praise and adoration in the Psalter…here in Psalm 8, if just for a moment, darkness and suffering are driven away by the commanding vision of the sovereign God of the created universe and his unfathomable care for humanity.” Gerald Wilson

“A Psalm of David, When He Fled from Absalom His Son” (Heading to Psalm 3)

“In the psalms, relationship with God is happening out loud. More than 95% of the psalms express or invite audible words. Most are spoken directly to God. Quite often psalms speak to other people, inviting them to join in. So when we read, we hear what is written, because so much of it is happening out loud…It’s fair to say that having a ‘quiet time’ is a misnomer. It’s more of an out loud, ‘noisy time’! When you talk aloud you express the reality that you are talking with someone else, not simply talking to yourself inside your own head.” David Powlison

“God has chosen to use weak things to confound the mighty. He does not need to use powerful people or eloquent speakers to silence his adversaries, a simple cry for help will be heard by God and will overcome the world. This is the design of God to stop the enemy and the avenger.” Allen Ross

“And Jesus said to them, ‘Yes, have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of infants and nursing babies you have prepared praise?’” Matthew 21:16

“The central rhetorical question is ‘What is man that you are mindful of him…’ In the context of Psalm 8, the question expresses stunned awe as the psalmist glimpses the surpassing greatness of the universe and reflects on human smallness and massive insignificance: astonishingly, God is mindful of man-the word has overtones of compassion, as the parallel line shows: he cares for us.” D.A. Carson

“Humans have been catapulted far beyond their seeming weakness and insignificance-not by any value of their own but simply by the action of free divine choice and grace that causes the human jaw to drop and the mind to reel.” Gerald Wilson

“For it was not to angels that God subjected the world to come of which we are speaking…’What is man, that you are mindful of him, or the son of man, that you care for him? You made him for a little while lower than the angels; you have crowned him with glory and honor, putting everything in subjection under his feet.’ Now in putting everything in subjection to him, he left nothing outside his control. At present, we do not see everything in subjection to him.” Hebrew 2:5-8

“But we see him who for a little while was made lower than the angels, namely Jesus, crowned with glory and honor because of the suffering of death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.” Hebrews 2:8-9