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

  • Alex
    88 Times in the N.T. Jesus refers to himself as the SON OF MAN,He was trying to tell em something but it was hid from the wise and prudent but revealed unto babes and sucklings his offspring. I will give children to be their Princes and babes shall rule over them which is the H.G. THE CHILD OF PROMISE MANKINDS FRUIT UNTO God A BABY CHRIST BORN IN US.That woman in Rev is US,UNTO US a child is born.
  • Alex
    Natural israel required this abrahamic trinity which was abraham issac and jacob, father son n granson, jacob was the granson that god used to initiate the 12 tribes israel.that great promise was a bout multiplication of abrahams seed,but all that was just an allegory of another israel,another issac that wd be offered up a heavenly promise where god himself wd be multiplied as the stars of heaven
  • Alex
    This scripture is prophetic of his children which are spirits he said that which is born of spirit is spirit thats the H.G. his offspring,he will not sire flesh n blood children but Gods to whom his WORD his Seeds came it made them Gods thats y he said b c i have spoken these words seeds sorrows have filled your hearts a spritual pregnancy,we are gona birth a baby CHRIST thus babes and sucklings.
  • Brother Robert
    We are given the opportunity to awake each day and praise him for being our creator and to see his creations. Who are we to ever compare ourselves to the Almighty God or his Son Jesus Christ? Glorify him and consider everything hes done in our lives and for us and give him Thanks..Amen
  • 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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According to Psalm 8, God has crowned man with what?
  • Glory and honor
  • Love and hope
  • Mercy and grace
  • Victory and success