1 Yahweh , our Lord, how magnificent is Your name throughout the earth! You have covered the heavens with Your majesty. 2 Because of Your adversaries, You have established a stronghold from the mouths of children and nursing infants to silence the enemy and the avenger. 3 When I observe Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You set in place, 4 what is man that You remember him, the son of man that You look after him? 5 You made him little less than God and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You made him lord over the works of Your hands; You put everything under his feet: 7 all the sheep and oxen, as well as the animals in the wild, 8 the birds of the sky, and the fish of the sea that pass through the currents of the seas. 9 Yahweh, our Lord, how magnificent is Your name throughout the earth!
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This Psalm, which was written by King David, features a majestic view of God as creator of all the earth and the universe. We catch a glimpse of the immensity and glory of God through carefully looking at creation, the world before us. We catch a glimpse of how finite we truly are, if we slow down and look at the sunrise and sunset in the morning and evening, the illuminated moon and the stars that shine bright at night. We see the immensity of God’s work and are taken back and placed into perspective of our minuteness.
This Psalm serves its purpose in commanding praise to God with reference to His glorious creation, but it also commends praise for its prophecy about His Son, Jesus Christ. Hebrew 2:6-8 references verses 6-8 of this Psalm. The book of Hebrews teaches us that God made the Son lower than the angels “for a short time,” and that He crowned Him with the glory and honor and put everything under His feet. The “for a short time” refers to Christ’s earthly ministry, and “crowned Him with glory and honor” refers to His death and resurrection, which teaches us in verse 10 that He brought “many sons to glory.”
Through the immensity of God’s creation and the prophecy of His Son’s coming, we have reason to sing praise and live our day to draw attention to our magnificent Creator and Redeemer.
Being a father of three boys has certainly been a blessing, especially when I was first able to hold them right after birth. I remember gazing upon their beautiful, smooth, and peaceful faces and their tiny little hands and feet.
What is also amazing is their dependence upon my wife and me for their livelihood. None of my sons could cook for themselves when they were born, and they had to be changed and carried. Their needs were met as my wife and I heard their cries. They were completely dependent.
I, as a proud father, take pride in providing for their needs and hearts’ desire. I love to spend time around the dinner table laughing and sharing life together. It is my desire that as I raise them, they would become responsible young men who would live lives to the glory of God.
King David writes about this type of dependency that leads ultimately to God’s glory. Throughout my life there have been certain periods when I have been reminded of my dependency on God’s provision. God always faithfully provided. Through those experiences, I have had the same thoughts as David when he wrote verse 4, “What is man that You remember him?“ I ask myself “Why am I important to God?”
It is in those times that I am reminded of His immense love for me. It is in those times that I give praise and draw attention to the way God has provided and regarded me as invaluable. This in turn brings glory to God as I depend on His unfailing love to sustain me.
This Psalm gives insight into God as Creator. As we fret about the worries of life, we tend to become distracted about our concerns. Here are a couple suggested guidelines for praying based on Psalm 8.
- Start with Praise: start with praising God for His greatness. He created the heavens, the earth, and the universe!
- Confess your dependency on Him. As a child is dependent on his parents, so are we dependent upon Him.
- This morning, pray through this Psalm verse by verse by affirming and praising God.
- Memorize Psalm 8:2a, “Because of Your adversaries, You have established a stronghold…”