Psalm 8 – Two Views

The Psalmist wonders at our insignificance in the universe and our significance in our sphere of influence.

Here are two views, one is a preliminary fabric “sketch” for a future serious piece.

The installation piece is the self-aggrandizing re-wording revealing the arrogance of humanity.

Psalm 8
Two little people standing on Earth, contemplating their position in the Universe.
This is a fabric sketch study for a future piece.

Psalm 8:4-10:
When I see your heavens, the work of your fingers, 
The moon and stars that you set in place—
What is humanity that you are mindful of them, 
And their offspring that you care for us? 
Yet you have made us little less than the angels, crowned us with glory and honor.
You have given us dominion over the works of your hands, put all things at our feet:
All sheep and oxen, even the beasts of the field, The birds of the air, the fish of the sea, and all that swims in the rivers.
Adonai, our God, how awesome is your name through all the earth!
Psalm 8 Revisited, or, Snarky Psalm 8
Humanity over-estimates our place in the Universe

“Psalm 8 Revisited”
Wow! I behold Your heavens,
Handiwork of Your fingers
The moon and the stars,
You make to shine;
What are we Earthlings,
That You call us to mind?
And the children of Adam
That You notice us?

Still, you did place us just under the angels…
And crowned us with talent and honor
Granting dominion over the works of your hands;
You placed it all under our feet:
Sheep, oxen, chattel together,
And also, beasts of the field;
Birds of the skies
Rivers of fish;
Creatures who swim in the deep
You placed it all under our feet:
Adonai, Adonainu,
How awesome is Your name in all the earth!

Children of Adam! Children of Eve!
How awesome is OUR name in all the earth!
Children of Adam! Children of Eve!
How awesome  IS our name in all the earth?