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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

  • Kimray
    This Psalm isn't about man, this psalm is about The Lord Jesus Christ! It is prophetic in nature, It is about the revelation of God to man, through Christ Jesus, for he has declared him! What is man? And the Son of man? These are About Jesus! As said Paul in Heb 2:7, and 2:9, This is Jesus! The Heavens are made wonderfully, but nothing is as wonderful as The Lord!
  • David
    David, the apple of God's eye, his place in the pantheon of prophets and Kings who love the Lord of Heaven and earth is secure. He rebuked his wife Mishal when she scorned his wild devotion before the Ark of the Covenant.."I will praise the Lord as it pleases God. He is in the lineage of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, whose Father was God in that she was with no man. She was worthy for she
  • Phyllis E Johnson
    Psalms 8, is so eloquent as a reminder of the redemption of man at the cross, we have been restored by Our Big brother Lord Jesus. Being a small re-creation of GOD, is priceless. I ask all of you to represent Lord Jesus, is Love, and renounce the barbaric behavior of Satan. Our GOD is spectacular and he wants all of heaven to see his magnificent handy work!
  • A disciple
    "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?" Like the way that the verses about God and His greatness and glory surround the mentioning of man; we find ourselves, a being created to be replications of God, standing now at a distance wondering what we are at all. The Word of God in the Scriptures ALONE has the true record of why we are in this case.
  • Sandra Carvalho
    It is my favorite Psalms. I read it every morning to start my day.
  • James
    God is good it sums up God is bigger than we are through His wisdom He holds all things in the palm of His hands Glory be His forever and ever Amen
  • Donald Haynes
    This paslm is a blessing to my very soul when I consider how frail a human being we all are yet God hold us in is hands and preserve us praise be his holy name
  • BSP
    When we consider how grand the universe is and how small we are in comparison with it we may be moved to express the words found in verses 3 and 4.

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