The Israel-Gaza war was now attracting world attention. UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon departed New York City for the Middle East in an attempt to stop the fighting.
1Yahvah, our master, how excellent is your name in all the land. You have set your glory on the skies.
2Out of the mouth of young men and infants, you have established your glory because of your enemies, that you might destroy the enemy and the avenger.
3For your skies have seen the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have ordained;
4what is man, that you are mindful of him? The son of man, that you visit him?
5For you have made him a little lower than the angels, and have clothed him with glory and honor.
6You made him to have dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under his feet,
7all sheep and oxen, yes, and the animals of the wilderness;
8the bird of the air and the fish of the sea which pass through the paths of the seas.
9Yahvah, our master, how excellent is your name in all the land.
Ban Ki Moon departed New York City for the middle east on a diplomatic attempt to bring a halt to the fighting in Gaza. The trip had apparently been in planning for several days, had had received reports from UN officials on the ground before departing.
Most of the text of the Psalm appears to be pointing at Ban Ki Moon, the General Secretary of the United Nations who as a single person is the closest to a world leader that we have. See, especially, verse 6 in this Psalm.
Ban's office is eventually taken by Jesus, Joshua, at Jesus' return, so the Psalm contains symbolism usually reserved for Jesus.
Verses 1-2: Some of the application is unclear. The children from whom God ordains praise is likely the modern nation of Israel. The Lebanon war in 1996 was the war on the Hebrew Babies, a match. Israel is the lost tribe of Benjamin, who was the youngest tribe, another match.
Ban's purpose is to bring a cease fire, which Hamas has been on the verge of agreeing to for several days. This is another idea hinted at in verse 2.
Verses 3-4: The heavens and the son of man are further biblical symbols. The heavens represent Abraham's descendants in the broadest sense. These days those people are the nations that meet at the United Nations, having become adopted through Christian colonization through the centuries. The "son of man" is harder to match.
Verses 5-6: These verses point ultimately at Jesus, but they also point well at Ban Ki Moon who has dominion over the United Nations which by extension is the whole world.
Verses 7-8: Deal with other Biblical symbolism for people groups. Jonah's city had cattle, or unsaved or descendants not of the covenant peoples. People of Gaza is a good example. The "seas" of verse 8 are also references to peoples, in particular those outside of covenant, Ishmaelites and friends.
The conflict is as old as Abraham, over 4000 years, and it has drawn Ban Ki Moon's direct personal involvement. Chances are good it is also drawing, though unseen, Jesus' involvement too.
Various reports indicated that Israel had begun ground operations in Gaza, which is a change in the general flow of headlines from Gaza. This secondary headline is supplanted by Ban Ki Moon.