Psalm 8

To the Chief Musician.  On the Instrument of Gath.  A Psalm of David.

  1.  1. O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, who have set Your glory above the heavens!  2. Out of the mouths of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger.  3. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained,  4. What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?  5. For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor.  6. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands, You have put all things under his feet,  7. All sheep and oxen—even the beasts of the field,  8. The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.  9. O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!

The following commentary is from Warren W. Wiersbe’s Book, ‘BE Worshipful’.

In this beautiful expression of praise to God, David stands amazed that the God of creation, the great and glorious Jehovah, would pay any attention to frail people on earth.  David understands that God glorifies Himself in the heavens, but how can He glorify Himself on earth through such weak, sinful people?…… As they worship and serve Him (Matt. 5:13-16), the faithful people of God glorify His name on earth (vv. 1, 9) and help to defeat His enemies (v. 2).  That God, in His remarkable condescension, should focus attention on us is proof of our dignity as creatures made in the image of God.  The grandeur of men and women is found only there.  Apart from knowing God, we have no understanding of who we are or what we are to do in this great universe.

         God Created Us (vv. 1-2, 5a).  The phrase “our Lord” is a threefold confession of faith: ‘There is but one God, all the people were created by God, and the Jewish people in particular are “his people, and the sheep of his pasture” (100:3).  They can call Him “our Lord.”……However, Jehovah was not a “tribal god” who belonged only to Israel, for He wanted His name (character, reputation) to be known “in all  the earth” (66:1;83:18)……Not only has the Lord set His glory “above the heavens” (beyond the earth’s atmosphere), but He has also deigned to share His glory with His creatures on earth……

         In verse 2, David moved from God’s transcendence to His immanence.  Jehovah is so great that He can entrust His praise to infants and children and still not be robbed of glory!  Jesus quoted this verse after He cleansed the temple (Matt.21:16).  Words are only sounds plus breath, two very weak things.  Yet words of praise even from sucklings (not yet weaned) and babes (children able to play in the streets) can defeat God’s enemies!…..As the Westminster Catechism states it, our purpose is to “glorify God and enjoy Him forever,” and if we leave God out of our lives, we miss life’s greatest opportunity.

          God Cares for Us (vv. 3-4).  The sun rules the day, and it’s blinding light usually blots out anything else we might see in the heavens.  But at night, we are overwhelmed by the display of beauty from the moon, stars, planets, and galaxies.  Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote that if the stars came out only once in a century, people would stay up all night gazing at them.  What we know today about the size of the universe makes the earth and its inhabitants look even more insignificant than they appeared in David’s day.  

          God spoke the words into existence, but David saw creation as coming from God’s fingers (v. 3; see Ex. 8:19) and hands (v. 6), the work of a Master Craftsman……God is mindful of us……and cares for us……

         God Crowns Us (vv. 5-9).  Why does God pay attention to “frail creatures of dust”?  Because He has made them in His own image and they are special!  Instead of  humans being “a little higher than animals,” as science believes, they are actually “a little lower than God.” ……The Lord crowned Adam and Eve and gave them dominion over the other creatures ( Gen. 1:26-27)……

            According to Romans 5, sin is reigning in our world (v.21), and death is also reigning (vv. 14, 17), But Jesus Christ has regained the dominion for us and will one day share it with us when He reigns in His kingdom (Heb. 2:6-8)……Today He is on the throne in heaven and all things are “under his feet” (1 Cor. 15:27; Eph. 1:22;…..).  Through the exulted Christ, God’s Grace is reigning today (Rom 5:21) so that God’s children may “reign in life” through Jesus Christ (v.17).

              When you crown Jesus Christ Lord of all, you are a sovereign and not a slave, a victor and not a victim.  O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! (Ps. 8:9).

I wish I everyone a very blessed day.


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