David wrote the Psalms. Some Psalms are requests for help or protection or forgiveness. All his writings acknowledge and praise God.
Psalm 8 deals with the heavens, God’s creation, and man. He sees God’s magnificent creation and asks why God is mindful of man.
David spent much of his early life under the stars. He had time to contemplate the greatness of God.
David’s praise (1-2)
O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.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.
David considers the heavens (3)
3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
David considers man and God’s purpose for them on earth (4-8)
4 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honor.6 Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:7 All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;8 The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
David’s conclusion (9)
9 O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
David had a very high regard for God. Do you see God in the same light? Is God the most important part of your life? In view of all He has done for us, He should.
Meditate on this Psalm. Allow God to speak to you.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001