A David Psalm
1 God, brilliant Lord, yours is a household name.
2 Nursing infants gurgle choruses about you;
toddlers shout the songs
That drown out enemy talk,
and silence atheist babble.
3-4 I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
Why do you bother with us?
Why take a second look our way?
5-8 Yet we’ve so narrowly missed being gods,
bright with Eden’s dawn light.
You put us in charge of your handcrafted world,
repeated to us your Genesis-charge,
Made us lords of sheep and cattle,
even animals out in the wild,
Birds flying and fish swimming,
whales singing in the ocean deeps.
9 God, brilliant Lord,
your name echoes around the world.
The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
I love this psalm. I love it even more in this translation.
“…toddlers shout the songs” about the Lord that drown out and silence the noise of unbelievers. I spent the last two weeks listening to toddlers singing “Jesus Loves Me” with incredible gusto. (Of course, Aidan also sang, ” I love chocolate, the Bible tells me so”- a sentiment with which I heartily agree .)
I love the macro- micro imagining- down in Chincoteague, the night lights (except the light house on Assateague) are minimal and on a clear night in late summer, you can see the stars clearly- almost like a laser light show. They do look like “sky jewelry” . Then on to the micro image of self- are we God’s earth ornaments in contrast to that sky jewelry? I think so, we just “narrowly missed being gods, bright with Eden’s dawn light”- this psalm is incredible in its use of imagery.
And so, “Brilliant Lord, your name echoes around the world.”