Chapter Study: Psalm 8

Peace & Blessings Beloved,

TGBTG for allowing us to see another day. I pray all is well with you and yours, and that your week has been fruitful & blessed thus far.


Last week we reviewed Psalm 7. Today, we're going to study Psalm 8.


With that in mind, let's get to it.


Psalm 8

To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.


1 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.

3 When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,

The moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

4 What is Prayer of Manasseh, that thou art mindful of him?

And the son of Prayer of Manasseh, that thou visitest him?

5 For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,

And hast crowned him with glory and honour.

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.

9 O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!


Chapter Summary:

  • David marvels that the glorious Lord of heaven whose name is excellent should graciously use man in the dominion of earth

  • vs.1-2 David marvels that the excellent name of Yahweh should use children to confound the might

  • vs. 3-8 David examines the marvelous theme that God should graciously entrust his dominion to man

  • vs. 9 David praises the excellency of God


Synopsis:

The title of this psalm reads, To the Chief Musician. On the instrument of Gath. 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). In this psalm David speaks of the glory of God, and how the glory of man and his destiny reflect upon God.


Man is born in the image of Adam, he was yet created as the image of God, and in consequence of this he has that within him. This is his rational and moral nature. By this he has a nature which makes him capable of attaining his destiny, of being as an image of the glory and majesty of God, sovereign over the world which surrounds him. For the true fulfillment of this destiny we are referred from the Old to the New Covenant.


Key Takeaways:

  • God made man.

  • God made man something glorious.

  • God made man for a high and worthy destiny.

  • Man is like the rest of the world, God’s workmanship, but he is designed to be ruler of the world, as the image of the Divine glory and majesty.

  • If man is to rule properly he must serve God properly.

  • The high position and dignity which God has given man among the creatures, imposes upon him responsibilities which he can only fulfill as a member of the Church of God- body of Christ.

  • Note how David ends this Psalm the way he began it, lending itself to his belief that he proved his initial point through the course of the psalm- which is God's sovereignty, excellency & majesty.


Conclusion:

  • We should take time in each day to recognize, acknowledge, and bask in God's glory, thanking Him that we were made in His image, and given dominion over the rest of His creation.

  • We should recognize & acknowledge that dominion, and honor God with wise management of that power, and responsibility.


May we establish, nurture, and grow a sincere love for the word of God, and study it lovingly & faithfully.

I pray you receive this with the love intended, and apply it to wisdom.


Love you much.


Stay Safe, Stay Healthy, Stay Blessed!


-Humble Servant


P.S- If you have not given your life to Jesus Christ, I implore you to take the time to do so right now. Use John 3:16 & Romans 10:9-10 as a foundation for making your confession of faith. And use Ephesians 2:1-10 to provide proper context for your salvation.

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