Psalm 8

For the director of music. According to gittith [probably a musical term]. A psalm of David.


8:1 Lord [the Heb. name for God, Yahweh – a transliteration of a Heb. word meaning “I am” and considered to be God’s covenant name (cf. Ex. 3:13-15)], our [psalmist was aware that he was one among a vast company of believers] Lord [Heb. word Adonai – a title meaning “sovereign one”], how majestic is your name [refers to God’s character as revealed to people] in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.



8:2 Through the praise of children and infants [children are weak and vulnerable; cf. Matt. 21:15-16; Jesus challenged adults to come to Him as the children did (cf. Matt. 11:25; 18:1-4)] you have established a stronghold against your enemies [such as skeptics who cast doubt on God being the Creator of all things], to silence the foe and the avenger.



8:3 [David marveled at the macroscopic…] When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers [God used little effort to establish and set the moon and stars in place], the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,



8:4 [in comparison to the universe, man appears microscopic and insignificant…] what is mankind that you are mindful [from Heb. “zakar” which has the basic meaning of “remember”; cf. Ps. 139:17-18 re: God’s constant thoughts about us] of them, [note parallel statement used to emphasize the first statement…] human beings [means same as “mankind” in first part of verse] that you care [from Heb. “paqad” which means “look after”] for them?



8:5 You have made them [these words remind us that man is neither an accident nor a product of evolution] a little lower than [but higher than the rest of creation] the angels [Heb. “Elohim” can be translated gods or angels] and crowned them with glory and honor.



8:6 You made them rulers [we are trustees or stewards of God’s creation] over the works of your hands; you put everything under their feet:



8:7 all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild,



8:8 the birds in the sky, and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.



8:9 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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