HOW MAJESTIC IS YOUR NAME. You have set your r glory above the heavens. and princes plot together. In this psalm David speaks of the glory of God, and how the glory of man and his destiny reflect upon God. 7-8).Â This is not a comprehensive list, but simply serves to illustrate the kinds of responsibilities that God has delegated to humans.Â Animals, birds, and sea creatures constitute only a small portion of our portfolio.Â We are also responsible for trees and flowersââfor things that exist in the skies above and the soil beneath our feet. 1 Yahweh, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth, who has set your glory above the heavens! How then can I declare him? And with this his glory above the heavens is connected, his sending forth his name upon earth through his Holy Spirit. Verse 1. "The exclamation that begins and ends this Psalm, enclosing it as a jewel in a setting, determines its theme as being neither the nightly heaven with its moon and stars, nor the dignity of man, but the Name of the Lord a proclaimed by both." The sense we get here is much like that of the servant appointed to act as a steward over the landlord’s property until the landlord’s return (Matthew 25:14-30).Â In like manner, Pharaoh appointed Joseph steward over the financial affairs of Egypt (Genesis 41). Psalms 8:1 Context. “that you care for (Hebrew: paqad) him?” (v. 4b).Â The verb paqad (care for) means to pay attention or visit or search out.Â Regardless of which meaning we assign to paqad in this verse, Yahweh takes the initiative to interact with humans.Â The only explanation for his proactive stance toward humans is that he cares for usââloves usââacts as a loving parent would act:Â Guiding, nurturing, rewarding, punishingââalways helping us to be all that we can be. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! 2. “Yahweh, our Lord, how majestic is your name (Hebrew: sem) in all the earth, who has set your glory above the heavens!” (v. 1).Â The noun sem means name or fame.Â In this instance, reputation would be a good translation.Â In that culture, as today, a person’s name referred to the essential character of the personââin this case, Yahweh. PSALM 8 * Divine Majesty and Human Dignity. Psalm 8:1-4. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. 3 with the mouths of babes a and infants.. You have established a bulwark * against your foes,. SCRIPTURE QUOTATIONS are from the World English Bible (WEB), a public domain (no copyright) modern English translation of the Holy Bible. whoever will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child, The believing heart is ravished with what it sees, but God only knows the glory of God. 1 Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name(A)in all the earth! Descend, if you will, into the lowest depths of the ocean, where undisturbed the water sleeps, and the very sand is motionless in unbroken quiet, but the glory of the Lord is there, revealing its excellence in the silent palace of the sea. This last point is worthy of consideration.Â Today we live in an increasingly secular worldââa world often hostile to those who worship Yahweh, both Jews and Christians.Â That is especially true in Communist countries, Islamic nations, and various nations ruled by tyrants who brook no religious system that would impose ethical constraints.Â It is true in Europe, where the Christian church was once dominant but is now vestigial (stunted) at best.Â In recent years, it has become true in the United States, which once prided itself (wrongly, I must admit) on being a Christian nation, but where increasing numbers of people feel antagonistic to the church. 2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. The excellence of the name and nature of God in all places, and under all circumstances. Salem Media Group. how majestic is your name in all the earth! O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! That just means, the author wrote it to reflect and meditate on something. Matthew 21:16 . The King James Version translates this, “For thou hast made him a little lower than the ANGELS,” so that is how many people understand it.Â “For you have made him a little lower than GOD” is more faithful to the Hebrew. The whole creation is full of his glory and radiant with the excellency of his power; his goodness and his wisdom are manifested on every hand. The NRSV translates this “according to the Gittith,” which will mean nothing to most readersââbut the Hebrew word gittit or gittith has to do with a musical instrument or a tune. Again, Psalms 8:4 , "What is man, and the son of man?" In this case, the author is David, and heâs reflecting on nature. The ASV, which is also in the public domain due to expired copyrights, was a very good translation, but included many archaic words (hast, shineth, etc. He is ours, for he made us, protects us, and takes special care of us. O Jehovah our Lord! Dr. Chalmers says, "There is much in the scenery of a nocturnal sky; to lift the soul to pious contemplation. The quotation Jesus made is in Psalm 8:2, and in both places the words babes and suck-lings have about the same meaning. ; and Briggs, Charles A., The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 1906, 2004), Doniach, N.S. Division. “and crowned (Hebrew ‘atar) him with glory (Hebrew: kabod) and honor” (Hebrew: hadar) (v. 5b).Â The verb crown (‘atar) confirms the high place to which Yahweh has elevated humankind.Â We were created in his image, and he has crowned us as rulers over the universe that he has created. Diemarturato hath testified; so we may translate it, hath testified it, etiam atque etiam, testified most expressly; he bringeth an express proof for it that it was meant of the Man Christ Jesus; therefore it is not an allusion. No name is so universal, no power and influence so generally felt, as those of the Saviour of mankind. Ps. WORD AND PHRASE STUDY. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Yahweh’s name is majestic/glorious both in earth and above the heavens.Â The earth reveals his majesty in the seas and mountains, the trees and flowers, the flora and fauna, which he created.Â The heavens reveal his glory in the sun, moon and stars, which he also created. Indeed, the psalm proclaims that humans are Godâs agents on earth. You have put all things under his feet: 7 All sheep and cattle, How bright this glory shines even in this lower world! First, it was not meant of man in innocency properly and principally. Five Questions for Discussion follow the Bible Lesson Commentary . We see not yet all things put under his feet, but we are sure that the Word of God shall be fulfilled, and every enemy, Satan, death, and hell, shall be for ever subdued and destroyed, and creation itself delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. A Psalm of David.It indicates the audience of the psalm (the Chief Musician), the author of the psalm (of David) and the sound of the psalm (the instrument of Gath). Now in Psalms 8:1-9 , you find there Adam's world, the type of a world to come; he was the first Adam, and had a world, so the second Adam hath a world also appointed for him; there is his oxen and his sheep, and the fowls of the air, whereby are meant other things, devils perhaps, and wicked men, the prince of the air; as by the heavens there; the angels, or the apostles, that were preachers of the gospel. This psalm is simply titled A Psalm of David. Read Psalm 8:2 commentary using The Treasury of David. ( Job 9:8-9 .) and crowned him with glory and honor. The snow crowned summits fail to set Him forth, Who dwelleth in Eternity, and bears Alone, the name of High and Lofty One. Â While the superscription notes this psalm is for the use of the Chief Musician or choirmaster, the psalm itself is addressed to Yahweh.Â It is a hymn of praise throughout, expressing wonder that Yahweh has made people “a little lower than God” (v. 5) and “ruler over the works of your hands” (v. 6).Â It begins and ends by pronouncing Yahweh’s majestic nature. 1Â (Grand Rapids: Kregel Publications, 2012), Waltner, James H., Believers Church Bible Commentary: Psalms (Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald Press, 2006), Baker, Warren (ed. Yon Alps, that lift their heads above the clouds And hold familiar converse with the stars, Are dust, at which the balance trembleth not, Compared with His divine immensity. What is the son of man, that you care for him? We are not clear upon the meaning of the word Gittith. His glory exceeds the glory of the starry heavens; above the region of the stars he hath set fast his everlasting throne, and there he dwells in light ineffable. Secondly, it is not meant of man fallen, that is as plain; the apostle himself saith so. California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. PSALM 2 * A Psalm for a Royal Coronation. 9 Yahweh, our Lord, and whatever passes through the paths of the seas. He is ours, for he made us, protects us, and takes special care of us. O Lord, our Lord. 4 (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1996), Ross, Allen P., A Commentary on the Psalms, 1-41, Vol. Psalm 8:1-9 God's Glory Perfectly Revealed in the Son of Man . Depths unfathomed are too shallow to express The wisdom and the knowledge of the Lord. Space is too narrow for the Eternal's rest, And time too short a footstool for his throne. So, as in the days of the psalmist, while the people who pledge allegiance to Yahweh constitute a decided minority, nevertheless people in all the earth can see the majesty of the Lord revealed in every facet of creationââif they will permit the Lord to cause the scales to drop from their eyes so that they might see. ), Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2000), Mounce, William D., (ed. Thy glory above the heavens. Silent I bow, and humbly I adore. I will keep thy statutes, v. 8. ), Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Grand Rapids:Â Zondervan, 2006), Renn, Stephen D., Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words: Word Studies for Key English Bible Words Based on the Hebrew and Greek Texts (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 2005), Richards, Lawrence O., Encyclopedia of Bible Words (Zondervan, 1985, 1991), Sakenfeld, Katharine Doob (ed. Adam, though he was man, yet he was not the son of man; he is called indeed, "the son of God" ( Luke 3:38 ), but he was not filius hominis. Take all the monarchs in the world, they never conquered the whole world; there was never any one man that was a sinner that had all subject to him. His religion, the gifts and graces of his Spirit, his people -- Christians, his gospel, and the preachers of it, are everywhere spoken of. ), The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, 5 vol. Title. and Kahane, Ahuvia, The Oxford English-Hebrew Dictionary (Oxford University Press, 1998), Fohrer, Georg, Hebrew & Aramaic Dictionary of the Old Testament (SCM Press, 2012), Freedman, David Noel (ed. Psalm 8 reveals that those suffering at the hands of evil forces are those made in the image of God and valued highly by their creator. PSALM 8 OVERVIEW. “For the Chief Musician” (Hebrew: nasah).Â The verbÂ nasah means to lead, and is used for leaders in various fields.Â In the psalms, the word is used often to mean the temple music leader or choir director. yes, and the animals of the field. Possibly both may be reconciled and put together, and the controversy if rightly stated, may be ended, for the scope and business of this Psalm seems plainly to be this: to display and celebrate the great love and kindness of God to mankind, not only in his creation, but especially in his redemption by Jesus Christ, whom, as he was man, he advanced to the honour and dominion here mentioned, that he might carry on his great and glorious work. the Lord derides them, d 5 Then he speaks to them in his anger, 8 O L ord, our Lord, how majestic is your q name in all the earth! 2 From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, 2 O LORD, our Lord,. because of your adversaries, that you might silence the enemy and the avenger. of
The word “glory” (kabod) is used in the Bible to speak of God’s gloryââan aura associated with God’s appearance that reveals God’s majesty to humans.Â The psalmist says that the saints (hasidââthose who are kind, merciful, and pious) will proclaim the glory of Yahweh’s kingdom (Psalm 145:11)ââa thought that fits nicely with this verse from Psalm 8. The Psalmist gives vent to his admiration of Godâs manifested perfections, by celebrating His condescending and beneficent providence to man as evinced by the position of the race, as originally created and assigned a dominion over the works of His hands. Psalm 8 Commentary: Psalm 8 is a reflective or meditative psalm. As Paul says, he hath "ascended up far above all heavens." The vintage closed the civil year of the Jews, and this Psalm directs us to the latter day glory, when the Lord shall be King over all the earth, having subdued all his enemies. Title. Personal appropriation of the Lord as ours. There were no babes in the time of Adam's innocency, he fell before there were any. Etc. Second, this psalm is the only hymn in the Psalter spoken entirely to God. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. The glory of God out soaring the intellect of angels, and the splendour of heaven. You have put all things under his feet” (v. 6).Â The word masal means to rule or to exercise dominion. Don’t forbid them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. He is ours, for he made us, protects us, and takes special care of us. Mount to the highest heaven, or dive into the deepest hell, and God is in both hymned in everlasting song, or justified in terrible vengeance. Why? Sermon or lecture upon the glory of God in creation and providence. A Psalm by David. Whole Psalm. Some think it refers to Gath, and may refer to a tune commonly sung there, or an instrument of music there invented, or a song of Obededom the Gittite, in whose house the ark rested, or, better still, a song sung over Goliath of Gath. 21:16 These envious men called the attention of Jesus to the cries of the children as if to suggest that he stop the disturbance, but in reality as an expression of their displeasure caused by their envy. Gittith, was probably a musical instrument used at their rejoicings after the vintage. 8) Psalm 11:7 âFor the righteous LORD loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.â 9) Godâs righteous judgments provide so much for us; we ought to commit to praising Him for it. But as the skilful potter much excels The vessel which he fashions on the wheel, Even so, but in proportion greater far, Jehovah's self transcends his noblest works. Psalm 16 2 Commentary; Psalm 16 11 Meaning; Psalm 17 Commentary. Above the heavens; not in the heavens, but above the heavens; even greater, beyond, and higher than they; "angels, principalities, and powers, being made subject unto him." The miracles of his power await us on all sides. How excellent is thy name! This document has been generated from XSL (Extensible Stylesheet Langua ge) source with RenderX XEP Formatter, version 3.7.3 Client Academic. How excellent, etc. Â (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2006-2009), VanGemeren, Willem A. Both mean small children but the first denotes those who are somewhat the older of â¦ On the instrument of Gath. And indeed, and in truth, Christ himself interprets the Psalm of himself; you have two witnesses to confirm it, Christ himself and the apostle. Commentary on Psalm 8:1,2. Unable to express the glory of God, the Psalmist utters a note of exclamation. They are detached from the world, and they lift us above it. Any one that reads the Psalm would think that the psalmist doth but set forth old Adam in his kingdom, in his paradise, made a little lower than the angels -- for we have spirits wrapped up in flesh and blood, whereas they are spirits simply -- a degree lower, as if they were dukes, and we marquises; one would think, I say, that this were all his meaning, and that it is applied to Christ but by way of allusion. We need not wonder at this, for no heart can measure, no tongue can utter, the half of the greatness of Jehovah. Don’t forbid them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Commentary on Psalms - Volume 1 by John Calvin. 8:1,2 The psalmist seeks to give unto God the glory due to his name. Hebrews 2:5 . Because in the first verse he saith, "Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength." We feel withdrawn from the earth, and rise in lofty abstraction from this little theatre of human passions and human anxieties. He quotes this very Psalm which speaks of himself; and Paul, by his warrant, and perhaps from that hint, doth thus argue out of it, and convince the Jews by it. The mind abandons itself to reverie, and is transferred in the ecstasy of its thought to distant and unexplored regions. David begins with the exclamation, âO Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth, who have displayed Your spleâ¦ The term Gittith is applied to two other ( Psalms 81:1-16 Psalms 84:1-12 ) both of which, being of a joyous character, it may be concluded, that where we find that word in the title, we may look for a hymn of delight. "To the Chief Musician upon Gittith, a Psalm of David." Commentary on Psalm 8 View Bible Text . Universally is he present, and everywhere is his name excellent. “All sheep and cattle, yes, and the animals of the field, the birds of the sky, the fish of the sea, and whatever passes through the paths of the seas” (vv. Adam had but paradise, he never propagated God's name over all the earth; he did not continue so long before he fell as to beget sons; much less did he found it in the heavens. “From the lips of babes and infants you have established strength, because of your adversaries, that you might silence the enemy and the avenger” (v. 2).Â Yahweh has established strength through the agency of people with no powerââbabes and infants.Â Infusing them with strength, he uses them to silence enemies and those who seek revenge. Then he saith, "How excellent is thy name in all the earth! Isaac Williams. 3 âLet us break their shackles. Most certainly I tell you, We may style this Psalm the Song of the Astronomer: let us go abroad and sing it beneath the starry heavens at eventide, for it is very probable that in such a position, it first occurred to the poet's mind. We may then consider this interesting composition as a prophetic anticipation of the kingdom of Christ, to be established in glory and honour in the "world to come," the habitable world. And that he doth it, I prove by Psalms 8:6 - - it is the observation that Beza hath -- "One in a certain place," quoting David. Above the heavens. The arrangement of the psalms into five books goes back at least to the time when the Hebrew Scriptures were translated into Greek (the Septuagint) approximately 200 B.C. Thomas Goodwin. The first and last verses are a sweet song of admiration, in which the excellence of the name of God is extolled. In the use of this Psalm, then, we anticipate that victory, and in the praise we thus celebrate, we go on from strength to strength, till, with him who is our glorious Head, we appear in Zion before God. Verse 1. The mirror of the creatures has no space To bear the image of the Infinite. I will sing of your majesty above the heavens. Commentary on Psalm 8:1-9 By L.G. This could not be Adam, is could not be the man that had this world in a state of innocency; much less had Adam all under his feet. The affirmation that Yahweh has crowned humankind with glory and honor further confirms that the correct translation for verse 5a (above) is “For you have made him a little lower than God”âânot “a little lower than the angels.”. a 2 Kings on earth rise up. And thus here: "Thy name excellent in all the world;" "Thy glory above the heavens." To make this plain to you, that that Psalm where the phrase is used, "All things under his feet," and quoted by the apostle in Ephesians 1:22 -- therefore it is proper -- was not meant of man in innocency, but of the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ; and therefore, answerably, that the world there is not this world, but a world on purpose made for this Messiah, as the other was for Adam. 1 A Psalm of David. Study the bible online using commentary on Psalm 8:2 and more! Adam Clarke. Let us adore him "who alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea; who maketh Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south." You just need to get out of the way and let people see it! Isaiah 63:1-6 Revelation 19:18-20 . All rights reserved. Psalm 17 8 Meaning; Psalm 18 Commentary; Psalm 20 Meaning; Psalm 21 Meaning; Psalm 22 Summary, Meaning; Psalm 23 Commentary. The intermediate verses are made up of holy wonder at the Lord's greatness in creation, and at his condescension towards man. Note the fact that even the heavens cannot contain his glory, it is set above the heavens, since it is and ever must be too great for the creature to express. We do not see him, saith he, that is, the nature of man in general considered. It is also used to suggest frailty or mortality (Psalm 90:3).Â The noun ‘adam is another word for a human, but it can also mean a male. The noun ‘enos (man) means human rather than male.Â As used here, it suggests insignificance (see also Job 7:17). Now, consider but the scope of the Psalm, as the apostle quotes it to prove the world to come. Amen. Proud member
Perhaps it was while David was attending sheep on a clear night with the stars brightly shining that he picked up his Gittith, a stringed instrument in the shape of a wine press, and began to strum and chant these amazing words of the Psalm â¦ Secondly, he addeth, "That thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger;" the devil that is, for he shewed himself the enemy there, to be a manslayer from the beginning. Psalm 8 â The Glory of God in Creation. Third paragraph 4. God worketh ever and everywhere. The title of this psalm reads, To the Chief Musician. Others, tracing the Hebrew to its root, conceive it to mean a song for the winepress, a joyful hymn for the treaders of grapes. The incomprehensible and infinite glory of God. That might be the intent hereââelohim as an understated reference to Yahweh.Â If so, it means that Yahweh created humans just a bit inferior to himself.Â That Yahweh created man in his own image (Genesis 1:26-27) appears to confirm this idea. 2 From the lips of babes and infants you have established strength, PSALM 8:1-2. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014), Gower, Ralph, The New Manners and Customs of Bible Times (Chicago: Moody Press, 1987), Kidner, Derek, Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries: Psalms 1-72, Vol. Everywhere, and in every place, God dwells and is manifestly at work. “You make him ruler (Hebrew: masal) over the works of your hands. ), The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary, 6 vol. Title. "To the Chief Musician upon Gittith, a Psalm of David." Many think this psalm was written upon the occasion of the entrance of the Ark of the Covenant into Jerusalem during the reign of David (2 Samuel 6). Even avalanche and thunder lack a voice, To utter the full volume of his praise. (C) 2 Through the praise of children and infants. who hast set thy glory above the heavens. 19 (Dallas: Word Books, 1983), DeClaisse-Walford, Nancy; Jacobson, Rolf A.; Tanner, Beth Laneel, The New International Commentary on the Old Testament:Â The Book of Psalms (Grand Rapids:Â Wm. 2 From the lips of babes and infants you have established strength, because of your adversaries, that you might silence the enemy and the avenger. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2007), Freedman, David Noel (Ed. In these examples, the stewards exercised great power, but were answerable to the landlord or the Pharaoh and were expected to manage wisely.Â Likewise, Yahweh has appointed us to exercise dominion over the created order, but along with the privilege comes responsibility for wise and caring management. Traverse the silent valleys where the rocks enclose you on either side, rising like the battlements of heaven till you can see but a strip of the blue sky far overhead; you may be the only traveller who has passed through that glen; the bird may start up affrighted, and the moss may tremble beneath the first tread of human foot; but God is there in a thousand wonders, upholding yon rocky barriers, filling the flowercups with their perfume, and refreshing the lonely pines with the breath of his mouth. Other translations use words like "glorious," "majestic," and "to be admired" rather than "excellent" to express the feelings generated by meditating on how God is revealed by the heavens He created! ), The Complete WordStudy Old Testament (Chattanooga; AMG Publishers, 1994), Baker, Warren and Carpenter, Eugene, The Complete WordStudy Dictionary: Old Testament (Chattanooga: AMG Publishers, 2003), Bromiley, Geoffrey (General Editor), The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised, 4 vols. 8:1-2 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth, F3. Second paragraph 3. Anderson, A.A., The New Century Bible Commentary: Psalms 1-72 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1972), Broyles, Craig C., New International Biblical Commentary: Psalms (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 1999, Brueggemann, Walter, The Message of the Psalms A Theological Commentary (Minneapolis: Augsburg Press, 1984), Clifford, Richard J., Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries: Psalms 1-72 (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2002), Craigie, Peter C., Word Biblical Commentary, Psalms 1-50, Vol. Over the works of your hands revelation of God belongs to such as these keeping! Be aware of the name of Jesus are known through the world 84:1 ] are of a... Verses is the only hymn in the time of Adam 's innocency, fell! Words can express that excellency ; and he gave some apostles. awesome is your.... Of like commenting on the splendor of the creatures has no space to the... And with this his glory above the heavens. fly to the Chief Musician upon,... 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