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1 (To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.) O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

9 O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!


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Matthew Henry's Psalms Chapter 8 Bible commentary...

God is to be glorified, for making known himself to us. (1,2) And for making even the heavenly bodies useful to man, thereby placing him but little lower than the angels. (3-9)

1,2 The psalmist seeks to give unto God the glory due to his name. How bright this glory shines even in this lower world! He is ours, for he made us, protects us, and takes special care of us. The birth, life, preaching, miracles, suffering, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus are known through the world. No name is so universal, no power and influence so generally felt, as those of the Saviour of mankind. But how much brighter it shines in the upper world! We, on this earth, only hear God's excellent name, and praise that; the angels and blessed spirits above, see his glory, and praise that; yet he is exalted far above even their blessing and praise. Sometimes the grace of God appears wonderfully in young children. Sometimes the power of God brings to pass great things in his church, by very weak and unlikely instruments, that the excellency of the power might the more evidently appear to be of God, and not of man. This he does, because of his enemies, that he may put them to silence.

3-9 We are to consider the heavens, that man thus may be directed to set his affections on things above. What is man, so mean a creature, that he should be thus honoured! so sinful a creature, that he should be thus favoured! Man has sovereign dominion over the inferior creatures, under God, and is appointed their lord. This refers to Christ. In #Heb 2:6-8|, the apostle, to prove the sovereign dominion of Christ, shows he is that Man, that Son of man, here spoken of, whom God has made to have dominion over the works of his hands. The greatest favour ever showed to the human race, and the greatest honour ever put upon human nature, were exemplified in the Lord Jesus. With good reason does the psalmist conclude as he began, Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth, which has been honoured with the presence of the Redeemer, and is still enlightened by his gospel, and governed by his wisdom and power! What words can reach his praises, who has a right to our obedience as our Redeemer?


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Edna Tribuce's Psalms Chapter 8 comment on 3/23/2014, 7:41am...

In chapter 8 that god so love us that he gave us dominant over all things on this earth that s to show how much we loved by the father


Maina's Psalms Chapter 8 comment about verse 2 on 12/23/2013, 9:03am...

well!!! yes!!!! the enemy does exist nevertheless greater is he that is in us and for us, we who are weak confound the wisdom of the wise and prudent, with great exploits against the kingdom of darkness!!!! thanks to our LORD JESUS CHRIST!!!!


Lorna Bennett's Psalms Chapter 8 comment about verse 1 on 11/23/2013, 10:57am...

Shows just how much we are loved and treasured by God;God cares about us so much. Praise God!


Anonymous's Psalms Chapter 8 comment about verse 4 on 11/12/2013, 6:15am...

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Brenda burton's Psalms Chapter 8 comment about verse 2 on 9/24/2013, 1:49pm...

out of the mouth of babes in this Kenyan shootings
this saying rings true by this 4 year old


Samuel's Psalms Chapter 8 comment on 8/20/2013, 12:06pm...

The man referred to here is a mortal man like you and I


Rachel's Psalms Chapter 8 comment on 8/20/2013, 10:00am...

Hebrews 2:9 answers the question. It is talking about Christ. Christ became man so that he could conquer sin and bring salvation to man.


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