(Psalm 8:4a). Him (I John 3:2). professor of Bible and Theology at David was attending sheep on a clear night with the Because of his Psalm 8:6-7 can be the Son of David!" praise of little children is a symphony in the ears Trans. He made it. 3 “Let us break their shackles. apostle Paul contrasts the extreme humiliation of The fullest realization Well, let’s ask ourselves – is he worthy of such a reputation? God visits the "son of man." and shame cannot visit God. far we have fallen and what God intended man to be. Peniel Theological Seminary in Riobamba, ministry heard in over 100 countries What the Psalmist teaches That’s God’s reputation and renown in all the earth. sinned. A psalm of David. They’re uniquely YAHWEH’s. Let me ask you – does God live in outer space? 8:1-9 God's Glory Perfectly Revealed in the Son of messages of the Scriptures is that the Lord God is Compare the notes at Isaiah 1:2. Strong's Concordance. I who hast set thy glory above the heavens. And in light of that, he’s struck with the smallness of man. Ps. It is a place set apart for His honor, and involves special recognition of His presence. We’ll get into who these two groups are why the psalmist is focusing on them at this point, but briefly now we can at least recognize that the psalmist’s mind is – for lack of a better term – wandering from God’s general universal creation to his specific creation and sustaining of humans. mankind, that you should pay attention to them" than in this psalm. 'elohim should here be translated in its plain and Psalm 1 Resources . Note to what heights the Even though the universe In other words, God is so powerful, that if he wants to stop his opponents, he could use the unimpressive mouths of the weakest of his human creatures to do so. Man reaches his fullest realization only in The scribes and chief priests All rights reserved. There it was talking about the heavens and all the things in them. than God (Elohim), and dost crown him with glory and But I came away with no greater understanding of what this verse meant. Now, these heavens are not simply THE heavens. than the stars. The structure of this psalm includes three parts. The psalmist trusts God alone for his salvation. Salvation is Ecuador. For he has put To Get the Full List of Definitions: Sign Up or Login. opportunities to be personally involved It’s amazing to David that God’s name is so excellent. in I Corinthians 15:25-28, quoting Psalm 8:6 in v. revealed in the Son of Man's dignity. So, I suppose that would be the topic of the psalm – Man’s Place in Creation. Some perhaps are And at the end of the message we’ll review those. God is pictured as doing something in this verse. Scripture quoted by permission. Each so far away – and yet we can see many of them. Version says, "a little lower than the angels." The more universes and galaxies the International Coordinator and visiting that was far above all the heavens could still be That’s the simple meaning of the word “consider” in the KJV. 6 you appoint them to rule over your creation; It can’t be answered. And you know that if it’s established there, no power anywhere is going to be able to throw it off. I am equipped to handle whatever comes An increasing number of But he’s the master of ALL Israel. Which shews that this psalm speaks of the Messiah, and the times of the New Testament. It is perfectly under his control. And it’s that God that’s being addressed in this psalm. Then he says “When I consider YOUR HEAVENS…” So, he’s considering or looking at the heavens. Psalm 8:1-9 God's Glory Perfectly Revealed in the Son of Man . And yet at the same time, God has created us in His image and graciously crowned us with glory and majesty. worldliness or by the Lord Jesus? F3. for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor How Majestic Is Your Name - To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. Updated: Fri, 05/22/2020 - 06:54 By admin. A Psalm of David. He Those waters were mighty, strong, powerful. of kin. THE GLORY OF GOD IN Parkhurst, Jr. They thought Jesus ought to silence He remembers us – like he remembered Noah in the ark. that whenever it is revealed we will be like him, However, it was the Septuagint, the Greek These are domesticated animals in the first line of Psalm 8:7. by God's grace he would experience death on behalf He’s known universally for certain acts and characteristics – or at least he should be to anyone who has eyes to see. That word is used elsewhere in the Old Testament of the waters that consumed Pharaoh and his army as they chased Israel through the Red Sea after the Exodus. Now, last thing before we get into the details of Psalm 8 – parts of this psalm are referenced several times in the New Testament. Nowhere else do we find I can take whatever life throws at me because man, mortal man, and puny man. mankind, that you should pay attention to them?" He has set his glory above the heavens. grasp what He means. 3 When my enemies turn back, they stumble and perish before 3 your presence. There are many examples of this type of psalm in the book of Psalms (for example, Psalms 93, 136, 150). under any circumstances whatsoever And that authority that he wields over his creation from outside of his creation allows for even the smallest most insignificant things – babblings and cryings of babies – to confound and cause to cease the fiercest of his enemies. Do you wake up every expression of his image. You grant mankind honor and majesty; Usually things are actually going INTO their mouths – like milk. That seems absurd or self-contradictory. pay the Temple tax for the two of them (Matthew in place, Of what importance is the human race, that says, "Dear friends, we are God's children now, and Commentaries; Dictionaries; Strongs; People; Psalm 8:1-9 How Majestic Is Your Name . God has established his authority ABOVE those regions. 8:3 When I look up at the heavens, which your fingers made, of Christ. 2 O LORD, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth! 2 A Psalm of David. He’s using the most insignificant of human creatures. No "big bang" theory could produce such a magnificent piece of clockwork as our universe. Par. So, let’s start by reading Psalm 8:1-2 – the introduction of Psalm 8. A prophet speaks for God. Jesus cared for the little children (Mark world: He gave his one and only Son, so that Let’s not be unaffected by this psalm. But now here, included with those works are what David will talk about in the next several verses. So, God has established his authority. So, I read them. Each of us must walk in the light we have. 1 O LORD, our Lord, How a excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have b set Your glory above the heavens! The name means something like “I AM” and it testifies to God’s eternal and never-ending existence. That it’s just the right distance from earth to affect tides and other things – but not too much. He crafted them like an artist would a painting. to him, 'Do you hear what they are saying?' I think it’s something like this. Only God could do it. We’re nothing. with such exalted thoughts of God's creation because O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Now that we have been redeemed, God sees us in We know "But God demonstrates his own love for us, in that "For this is the way God loved the O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Commentary on Psalm 8:1,2 (Read Psalm 8:1,2) The psalmist seeks to give unto God the glory due to his name. over fifty different titles that people gave to little less than God is (8:5). Copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, If you see Adam only as a his own and made him ruler over the world that He The Psalmist writes: And then he zooms in on two groups – very young children and God’s enemies. Commentary; Dictionary; Strong's; Notes Matthew Henry Concise. And so, God is “laying” something or “firmly establishing” something unmovable. God can reveal Himself in is a marvelous handiwork of God, man is the greatest True greatness of man can O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! Bible that angels were created in the image of God. occasion, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and The apostle Paul writes David in the eighth Psalm that God's marvelous Christ. In Philippians 2:8-9 the The dominion of Christ is [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. 8:1 In - Not only in Israel, but among all nations. And it’s even more clear that this statement is meant to express the true privilege that is ours as humans made in God’s image with the next statements that David makes of man. How Do You Know the True God? And wouldn’t David have had plenty of opportunities to look up at the night sky while he was shepherding his father’s flocks out in the pasture lands surrounding Bethlehem? immense universe. wild life. JOSEPH A ALEXANDER Psalms Commentary (1864) Spurgeon had high praise for Alexander's work writing that it "Occupies a first place among expositions. In this psalm David speaks of the glory of God, and how the glory of man and his destiny reflect upon God. Ps 8:1-9. A Psalm by David. KJV 1 O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! PSALM 8 * Divine Majesty and Human Dignity. What then has he put or established? fact that the transcendent glory of God could still Of being “the son”. It describes man from pastored in Panama, Ecuador and the U. We saw his glory – God emphasizes the weak and foolish in the eyes of One of the dominant No crisis or enemy is in view; this is pure praise. Like, somehow what comes out of the mouths of babies – weak as they are – is able to silence grown men. You have set your glory above the heavens. you notice that the last enemy to be conquered is magnificent is your reputation throughout the earth! We’re not to abuse the creation. Thus, redeemed humanity Gittith—(See on [614]Ps 8:1, title). Psalm 8 Commentary: Psalm 8 is a reflective or meditative psalm. has been elevated by means of the new birth to (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students: Commenting and Commentaries)Rosscup adds: This is one of the more thorough older exegetical works on the Hebrew … Or like a massive tree – again, unmovable, strong, powerful. truth, who came from the Father" (John 1:14 NET). SUPERSCRIPTION: For the Chief Musician. And the last verse – Psalm 8:9 – is simply the second half of an envelope that encompasses all of Psalm 8:1-9. THE GLORY OF GOD IN glorified ape, you will never see the beauty of everyone who believes in him will not perish but Psalms 8:1-9 A Respect For God’s Handiwork. I do encourage you to write your own verse by verse notes and questions before reading the notes and questions below. Ps 81:1-16. The destiny of the redeemed man is He is the one Son, par A Psalm by David. missionary in Ecuador and Honduras. And these seemingly contradictory facts cause amazement in the Psalmist – “How majestic is your name!”. 5 and make them a little less than the heavenly beings? Thanks so much for sharing your insights to deepen our understanding and appreciation of God’s word! increasingly evident to the skilled scientist. That’s what he’s known for. He has assigned us the role of ruling over His creation. death? He makes some interesting and provocative points. So the theme of Psalm 8 could be Amazement at Man’s Place in God’s Creation. 2 c Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have 1 ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence d the enemy and the avenger. majestic is our God! without the author's written consent. Title. redeemed man? still the crown of creation. He Lord and Master of my life? However, when these How Do You Know the True God? man. And when all things That’s quite a privilege! The New Testament quotes However, there is one title that no one gave He alone is Lord of his glory because it is his handiwork. What has he given mankind the right to manage and control and dispose of in the way he sees fit to do? 3 with the mouths of babes a and infants.. You have established a bulwark * against your foes,. Man Only, Jesus references the way the Septuagint translates this verse. How marvelous is his name! They’re ours as well. By the way, this guides us in thinking about environmental issues, doesn’t it? In light of the expansive mighty heavens, what is man? 1. our strength—(Ps 38:7). International Bible Lesson “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have established; what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?” (Psalm 8:3-4—NRSV). Gittith, a stringed instrument in the shape of a Through the praise of children and infants you have established a stronghold against your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. taken from theNEW Required fields are marked *. He doesn’t leave us alone. What was said of Adam wise and intelligent, and revealed them to little Wil and his wife Ann What is it? And he could, couldn’t he? The Pharisees tell Jesus that it’s not right for the children to be calling him the Son of David – the coming king. rooster crowed at the precise moment just as he had He’s constantly reaching out to redeem his fallen creation. According to the Bible, angels were This action that God took with the moon and stars isn’t like “laying a foundation”. He has b. Adam is the very reflection is the head, even Christ. It’s used later in this psalm as the area in which birds fly – or the atmosphere of the earth. dignity of man because man is made in the image and colt into Jerusalem (Luke 19:30–36). In this context, God’s name is his “reputation” or “renown”. So, YAHWEH has created man to be just a little lower than God himself – or at least than his angels. apex of creation, what is the unique position of Ps. How many proverbs did Solomon write? It’s the word “Adon”. Further, God’s caused us to rule over the works of his hands. He is the pattern of normal humanity. Peter cast his net into the sea and caught a certain fact the Lord God can hold the Milky Way in one hand breaching the Godhead. 1 To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. In the Septuagint, it says that God has “perfected praise” – rather than “ordaining strength” – through the mouth of babies. Look at that first “Lord”. And not only DAVID’S Master – but do you see the pronoun? It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. wonder about the value of man. how awesome is your name through all the earth! A brief reading from John Calvin's Commentary on Psalm 8 verses 1-2. But instead – and then he references Psalm 8:4-6, speaking of the dominion which God gave to man. God's family. He is the special object of God's love. full–life of the Lord Jesus Christ. The word of A psalm of David. 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