Psalm 8, written by David, is a song of praise, celebrating the majesty of God and the value He has placed on human beings.
This Psalm opens and closes with a declaration of praise, an exalting of the covenant name of God.
O LORD, our LORD, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (v. 1)
- You are LORD, YHWH, the covenant God, “the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, maintaining love to thousand, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin” (Exodus 34:6-7a).
- You are our LORD, you have chosen us as your covenant people.
- You are the LORD, your glory and majesty fill the earth. Even children and infants declare your praise!
After praising God’s majestic name, David marvels at creation and the value God places on man.
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and stars, which you have set in place, (v. 3)
As a young man, David was a shepherd, spending days and nights in the fields with his sheep. He was intimately acquainted with the night sky, its vastness, its incredible detail, and the wonder it inspires.
David writes here that when he thinks about the creative power of God, who set the moon and stars in place in the heavens, he is astonished that God not only takes notice of man, but cares for him and gives him purpose.
What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air and fish of the sea, and all the swim the paths of the seas (v. 4-8).
The LORD, whose creative power is on display in the night sky and in every living thing, whose majestic name fills the earth, this LORD is mindful of us! He notices us, and remembers to care for us. God places immense value on mankind, crowning us with glory and honor. And God gives us purpose, the responsibility to care for the works of His hands, His creation.
David closes this Psalm as it began. Truly, the LORD is worthy of our praise!
O LORD, our LORD, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (v. 9)
Father, your name is indeed majestic in all the earth. Your creative power is on display all around me. Thank you for remembering me, for caring for me, and for giving me purpose. Show me how to care for your creation, the works of your hands. Let your praise be on my lips today. How majestic is your name in all the earth! Amen.