Psalm 8

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The Manifestation of Jehovah’s Name in the Dominion of the Son of Man

The sweet psalmist of Israel wonders at the grace of God towards man, and especially when he views the greatness and glory of Creation. He is conscious, too, that God can use even the chattering of children to confound His enemies. God’s care and mindfulness of man is staggering. The word for man is Enosh, which means the frail man; and the son of man, Ben Adam, depicts our natural state. 

Man was created lower than the angels, yet his destiny is higher, even to glory and honour. The writer to the Hebrews, (2:9), beholds the greatness of man in the greatest Man, our representative Head, the Lord Jesus Christ. David begins and ends the psalm extolling the excellence of God and His transcendence over all His works.

Pastor Jeff O’ Neil

Psalm 8

¹How excellent in all the earth,
LORD, our Lord, is thy name!
Who hast thy glory far advanc’d
Above the starry frame.

²From infants’ and from sucklings’ mouth
Thou didest strength ordain,
For thy foes’ cause, that so thou might’st
Th’avenging foe restrain.

³When I look up unto the heav’ns,
Which thine own fingers fram’d,
Unto the moon, and to the stars,
Which were by thee ordain’d;

⁴Then say I, What is man, that he
Remember’d is by thee?
Or what the son of man, that thou
So kind to him should’st be?

⁵For thou a little lower hast
Him than the angels made;
With glory and with dignity
Thou crowned hast his head.

⁶Of thy hands’ works thou mad’st him lord,
All under’s feet didst lay;
⁷All sheep and oxen, yea, and beasts
That in the field do stray;

⁸Fowls of the air, fish of the sea,
All that pass through the same.
⁹How excellent in all the earth,
LORD, our Lord, is thy name!