Psalm 8: The Majesty of God and the Dignity of Man
1 For the leader; “upon the gittith.” A psalm of David.
2 O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is your name over all the earth!
You have exalted your majesty above the heavens.
3 Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings
you have fashioned praise because of your foes,
to silence the hostile and the vengeful.
4 When I behold your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars which you set in place-
5 What is man that you should be mindful of him,
or the son of man that you should care for him?
6 You have made him little less than the angels,
and crowned him with glory and honor.
7 You have given him rule over the works of your hands,
putting all things under his feet:
8 All sheep and oxen, yes, and the beasts of the field,
9 The birds of the air, the fishes of the sea,
and whatever swims the paths of the seas.
10 O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is your name over all the earth!
The subtitle of Psalm 8: The Majesty of God and the Dignity of Man tells us a lot about the message and the meaning of this psalm. This scripture is about the majesty of God, our Creator, who allows mankind to have dominion over the creatures of the earth. God is our glorious God.
It is interesting to note that verses 2 and 10, the verses that open and close the psalm, are exactly the same: “O Lord, our Lord, how glorious is your name over all the earth.” By having the same verse twice, it shows how important this is for us to understand. We can use this psalm as a prayer and ask God to help us to understand who He is and who we are in relationship to Him.
Here is a song based upon Psalm 8 for you to enjoy: