‘Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings‘, according to Psalm 8, comes not precocious wisdom and truth – as is the modern common usage of this phrase – but strength or a bulwark ordained in heaven. The very existence of each new child speaks of the power and wonder of creation.
Then comes a familiar expression of amazement; that in the grand system of the universe and its myriad stars, as the psalmists sings:
What are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? Yet you have made them a little lower than divine, and crowned them with glory and honor. (verses 4 and 5)
Ben Myers’ short summary tweet on Psalm 8 is worth repeating here:
The stars are a minor achievement (Your finger-painting). Humanity is Your masterwork; the stars gaze down admiringly.
The Everett refrain for this psalm provided one good choice. Then Rachel once more came up with some rich new resources. Two of our young women will lead us in singing a Linnea Good setting called The Height of Heaven.
Now search as you might, you will not find this little verse in the text. Avoiding the perhaps dated sense of dominance, Linnea and Lynn have managed to personalise the experience of inspiration.