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Psalm 8

The Glory of the Lord in Creation

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

First, the title is from the first verse, but should not be considered solely by the heavens (this is emphasized in Verse 4). Yes, the heavens declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1), but far more important is that God’s glory is elevated due to our relationship to Him; if we live to His great purpose which was planned, even before we were (Ephesians 2:10).

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 mouth of babes and nursing infants
You have ordained strength,
Because of Your enemies,
That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

Accurate praise is something that even the Lord in the flesh would recognize and use verse two to proclaim the Psalmists words in action – Matthew 21:16. It is undoubtedly used of all mankind when they recognize the true majesty of God and their designed relationship to Him; however, it is even truer concerning the use God makes of what is seemingly weak to our minds, to proclaim His glory!

Example one: Moses; the babe found among the bulrushes, elevated in stature, becoming like his brethren, and then by the power of God, leading Israel from captivity.  

Example two: the Christ of God, born of the virgin in lowly Bethlehem, was without comeliness, having no continuance of generation in the flesh. He would suffer tremendously unto a Royal victory for the very ones that put Him to death and lead them from the captivity of sin.

Instead of glorious human figures, God chose the lowly in the minds of men (like unto a babe of suckling child), to promote His cause on behalf of all men. This is the very principle that Paul would recognize in light of the simplicity of the Gospel of Jesus as the Christ – 1 Corinthians 1:20-29.

A simple lesson in this first segment “Beware of the praise of God built in the elaboration of the senses of men (sight, sound, etc…); instead of the simplicity of hearts that are humble after the fashion of children!”

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,

The term, “Fingers” is a play on the ease by which God spoke the order of the heavens into existence. With this power imagined, the question of verse 4 is then pondered. Here the smallness of man is portrayed next to the true power of God. However, not only is God mindful of His creation (those created in His likeness), He has visited them and blessed them with a governing honor (Genesis 1:27-28).

The Hebrew writer would quote these words in demonstration of God using the lowly things in the minds of men to proclaim His true glory and desire for those whom is He is mindful of (Hebrews 2:6-9). God would visit His creation in the flesh for three distinct purposes:

First, all of God’s great honors for man, to be endowed by his Creator, are not all fulfilled in this physical existence (Hebrews 2:10-11) – An Eternal Relationship!

Second, Jesus Christ would come into this world in lowliness and overcome all sin and wickedness; which would by the very act, bring the prospect of eternal life to those whom He sanctifies. A Way to God!

Third, is all that is God’s intent for man was fulfilled only in Jesus Christ. He was the only man ever born into this world, which was in every way and at all times exactly what God created man to be – Hebrews 2:14-18; 4:14-16. A Pattern to Follow!

Hebrews 5:8-9though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him

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 conclusion is merely an elaboration of the promise that God would put all things under the feet of men, provided that we by our actions proclaim His glory!

1 Peter 2:9But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light