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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

  • Mild Bill
    Alex, There is no"ultimate goal"in eternity,no end of "eternity",something we as finite beings have trouble grasping,until we are born again, and even then are limited in understanding. God will be glorified in the sight of all his creation,ad infinitum. Rev.20:10 God casts/destroys Satan in the lake of fire,not we.Study more carefully.May God's mercy be upon you and grace given to you.
  • Alex
    God's untimate goal is to destroy his enemy which is man's carnal mind, Satan's head, thats he rebuked Peter calling him Satan. It was Peter's carnal mind which is Satan's head, thus that good seed of Gen 3 v 15 will CRUSH SATAN'S HEAD WHICH BRUISED CHRIST' FEET AT THE CROSS. THUS THE BLOOD AND THE WATER IMPLIES A BIRTH OF CHRIST IN US, THUS THE BABES AND THE SUCKLINGS THAT WILL DESTROY HIS ENEMY
  • Alex
    Malachi says in that last N terrible day of the lord God wd sent Elijah to turn the hearts of the fathers to the Children,Jesus said the good seed are the CHILDREN of the kingdom which is gonna be sown in our hearts resulting in a birth of these CHILDREN IN US WHICH IS THE NEW BIRTH, UNLESS YOU RECEIVE THE KINGDOM AS A LIL CHILD YOU WILL IN NO WISE ENTER THERE IN.SHE BROUGHT FORTH A MANCHILD T HOLY GHOST.
  • Alex
    GBU DISCIPLE NO its not about us mimicing a lil child, its about Christ being formed in us via his seed a spritual pregnancy, Gestation in the spritual realm, that which is born of the spirit IS SPIRIT Real faith is like SPRITUAL Pregnancy a Pregnant woman has the substance of things hoped for the Evidence of things NOT SEEN, My lil children of whom i TRAVAIL IN BIRTH TILL CHRIST BE FORMED IN YOU.
  • A disciple
    "Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength..." Alex, this is about innocence and humility and a childlike faith; not about forcing EVERY Scripture to be about supporting a certain notion we might have! For some time I was very heavily into reading about TRULY great Saints' experiences and faith. But simply reading and pumping myself up "about faith" isn't the same thing!
  • Alex
    Jesus saw his unborn children when he said out of the mouths of babes and sucklings thou has perfected praise as Isaiah said he wd see his seed and be satisfied. His children are spirits/Gods as God is spirit, His seed is the word AND TO WHOM THE WORD CAME IT made them Gods. His children are GODS The great Promise was i will multiply thy seed as the stars of heaven thus the SOWERS AND HIS SEED
  • Alex
    Wild bill jesus told nic. a Jew a teacher of the law he had to be Bornagain, the law cd not arrest or addrest the evil Adamic nature of man,as the potter saw the vessel was so marred he had to make a new vessel our old man is so marred we need a new inner man a new spirit which is christ in us but it has to come via a seed in hearing his voice initiating a birth of christ in us.ETC FRUIT UNTO GOD
  • Alex
    No wild bill salvation is a birth as we have born the image of the earthy our 1 st birth WE must also bear ( birth ) the image of the heavenly which is our 2 nd birth thus our new man is the lord from heaven, Even in the natural a seed and intimacy always results IN a BIRTH JERE. 30 V 6 ASK YE NOW IF A MAN DOTH TRAVAIL WITH CHILD Y DO I SEE EVERY MAN WITH HIS HANDS ON HIS LOINS AS WOMAN IN TRAVAIL

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According to Psalm 8, God has crowned man with what?
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