1 (To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.)
O Yahweh our Adon, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
How profoundly significant are the Psalmist's words. What a beautiful picture they present to the enlightened mind. They are a guarantee to us (for the Scripture cannot be broken), that God is yet to become the subject of universal thought and adoration.
What a refreshing contrast to the present benighted condition of things. In that day God's name will not be kept in the background as it is now. In every calculation He will have a place and a voice. There will be a universal effort to enhance His glory. Every law enacted, every custom instituted, every work performed, every recreation and pleasure arranged, in fact, whatever is done will be done to the glory of God.
"From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same Yahweh's name is to be praised" (Psa. 113:3).
This recognition of the excellencies of Yahweh's name involves a kindly feeling between man and man. "Man's inhumanity to man" will be a tale of the past. The spirit of Boaz and his reapers will be general-
"Yahweh be with you"-"Yahweh bless thee" - Ruth 2: 4.
Participation in this time is the joy that God has set before His children of every generation. Let us remember, as we contemplate this time, that if we would to attain to it, we must now exhibit the spirit that will then prevail.
Bro AT Jannaway
The Christadelphian, July 1888
2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
The weak things of the world are used to carry on God's mighty purpose and confound the wise.
"I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things firom the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto the babes."
The last shall be first, the weak shall be strong, the abased shall be exalted, the poor shall be rich. Is it that God just set out deliberately to reverse every human trend or value, or is it that all man's views and standards are in direct and presumptuous defiance of eternal reality and truth?
Can it be possible for proud, self-satisfied man to be consistently wrong?
"That which is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God."
And to our minds comes that vicious parade of selfish virtues and glorified vices that comprise the philosophy of the natural brute beast called man. Let us distrust every natural thought and inclination.
3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
Asks the Psalmist contemplating this sad spectacle. Then, illustrating the rich inter-weavings of the mind of the Spirit, Paul takes up this very passage and focuses it on THE Man, Christ:
Thus is man brought from the depths. But so few rise to the call of this glorious destiny.
5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
9 O Yahweh our Lord [Adon], how excellent is thy name in all the earth!