Psalm 8: What is man that You are mindful of him?

O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth! Psalm 8:9

In view of God’s majesty and vastness of creation, His concern for human beings and gift of dominion over earth’s creatures utterly amazes David.  This Psalm expresses wonder at the majestic and sublime nature of God. However, the center of the psalm focuses on human beings, a rarity in Scripture. But even this focus leads to the praise of God, the Creator of humanity.

8:2 mouth of babes: This verse was quoted by Jesus (Matt.21:16) to the priests and scribes who wanted to squelch the people who were speaking the words of 118:26 of Jesus.

2  Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

I will praise You, For You have answered me, And have become my salvation. Psalm 118:21

… when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?” Matt. 21:15, 16

8:9 O Lord, our Lord: The first word is the divine name Yahweh. The second Hebrew word translated our Lord speaks of the One in control: “our Sovereign.”

9  O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!


8 1  To the Chief Musician. On the instrument of Gath. A Psalm of David. O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! 2  Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

3  When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, 4  What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? 5  For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. 6  You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, 7  All sheep and oxen– Even the beasts of the field, 8  The birds of the air, And the fish of the sea That pass through the paths of the seas. 9  O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth!

 

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