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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!

Commentary for Psalms 8

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?

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 8

  • Irene123
    To Amber - thank-you for replying. I thank Jesus He was able to use me. It was such a 'simple' thing he gave me for you - but such a POWERFUL one!!
  • Amberly
    Thank u so much Irene I will remember that because that has always been a struggle for me. But now i will tell myself that and just know that God knows what's going to happen anyways. he is always in control. i love just talking to other Christians and getting advice and clarity about Gods word so thank u so much it means a lot
  • Irene123
    To Amberly on Ps. 8 - about 'reminding yourself not to worry. Our pastor's wife, at the yearly women's retreat, spoke and among other things she brought out that - worry is a lack of faith. That just opened my spiritual eyes and now when worry comes at me - I repeat , "worry is a lack of faith" and over just a very short period of time I have quit worrying. I just give it to God in prayer.
  • Amberly
    Hi Elaina I prayed for u good for u! Im so glad has done that for your life! And yes I agree if I didn't know the Lord or would b without him we would be so lost and i am so thankful for God!! Glory to him that died for us so that we could be wit h him someday!When i read this I know that God is in control of everything. I always have to remind myself not to worry because he is in control God bles
  • Elaine
    If I did not know God I would be in so much pain,not sure of anything, lost, not able to plan for tomorrow, for today or or just live in peace. God altered my life in such a way that what man use to say would mean everything to me,but now my life is all God! I find ways to get closer I work hard In the community, work hard In my life to change who I am. I often cry because he is so good. Pray for me
  • Lilian
    Our God is God Jehovah Jireh; Shalom The Lover of my Soul. Hosannah in the Highest; How Great Thou Art Lord. Thank you for your Blood Jesus that shed for us . There is no other above name its only Jesus. I love you and trust you Jesus forever amen

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According to Psalm 8, God has crowned man with what?
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  • Love and hope
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