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1 To the chiefe Musicion vpon Gittith, a Psalme of Dauid. O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory aboue the heauens.

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

3 When I consider thy heauens, the worke of thy fingers, the moone and the starres which thou hast ordained;

4 What is man, that thou art mindfull of him? and the sonne of man, that thou visitest him?

5 For thou hast made him a little lower then the Angels; and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

6 Thou madest him to haue dominion ouer the workes of thy hands; thou hast put all things vnder his feete.

7 All sheepe and oxen, yea and the beasts of the field.

8 The foule of the aire, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoeuer 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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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

  • Brianna
    Here we have a powerful king of Judah, realizing just how small he is in comparison. In verse 4, we can really see David's humility. This makes me think of today's rulers. When they reach a position of power, they believe they are the center of the universe. They don't recognize there is someone higher than they are. A good ruler will, acknowledge that there is someone higher than him.
  • Vanessa
    there is one God, who created everything with just his fingers, amazing, his light shines upon us. He sent his son so we may follow his ways, and seek the true light in heaven, we should give thanks to him always, and be forever his, he is our creator there is know other Amen!
  • Mild Bill,saved by grace
    Name is better understood as reputation and excellent as extremely good.God is Majestic,surpassing our understanding,yet
    compassionate/mindful and with a plan towards us.The awfulness of sin is partially revealed in that God has enemies.Futile/pointless is resistance and rejection of their creator.Jesus rules the creation,purchased by his sacrifice/giving of his innocent blood,4 you
    God is love t
  • Mild Bill
    Alex,"meaning he was gonna MULTIPLY himself".When you say "meaning",I see an idea not supported by sound understanding of scripture.I see you reading "into" those verses the meaning you want to see.Text out of context is a pretext.I have tried to show you that some other ideas, like" THE BABES AND THE SUCKLINGS THAT WILL DESTROY HIS ENEMY"are flawed also.You need a more careful study to not err.
  • Alex
    Bill the main theme of the bible is Multiplication, Member Abraham wanted a posterity but was without children AND TOO OLD TO HAVE ANY But God made him a PROMISE that he wd be the father of many nations, resulting in the nation of Israel,but natural Israel did not please GOD, answers to Ismael th flesh.but when God cd sware by no greater he swore by himself meaning he was gonna MULTIPLY himself.
  • Alex
    Bill even in the natural a bride and bridegoom become 1, We are gonna become 1 with him Thats y Jesus said to whom the WORD ( THAT GOOD SEED ) CAME IT MADE THEM GODS AND THE SCRIPTURE CANNOT BE BROKEN, GODS IS PLURAL, THUS WE SEE THAT GREAT PROMISE IN THESE WORDS, I WILL MULTIPLY THY SEED AS THE STARS OF HEAVEN. The mystery of the kingdom of God is Christ in you resulting from that GOOD SEED .GBU

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