I Love How this Sounds

March 18, 2008

Here is the 8th Psalm as translated in “The Message”. I don’t normally do this, but the word images are so crisp and poignant.

8 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 hand-made 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.

Eugene H. Peterson, The Message : The Bible in Contemporary Language, Ps 8:1-9 (Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 2002).


  1. Does The Message come in a King James version?

  2. Aaron: Isn’t that a little like asking if there is an Open Source version of Windows?

  3. Mike, chill. Seriously, my mom thought she was related to an elf but still claimed Jesus as her Lord and you don’t get much more Pagan Christian then that. As for “Head” Pastor, that is what you are, deal with it. Honestly, I don’t have the same bond with you as I have had with some of my other pastors but hey, you don’t like my voice… Seriously, I can’t picture myself anywhere but where I am right now… even if you did kick me off the worship team. It is a hard thing to accept that God has placed so many under your guidence but hey, He did so… He also gave you the mantle not me… take it run with it, you’re doing what God whould have you do, don’t demean that by thinking.

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