Psalm 8

Psalm 8 is another short psalm of praise written by David, “a man after God’s own heart” according to 1 Samuel 13:14. BibleStudyTools.com lists 7 reasons: faith in God, trust in God, David showed agape love (non-romantic love/caring between friends), humility, integrity, forgiveness and a worshipful attitude.

The Lord’s Glory and Mankind’s Dignity.
For the music director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of David.

The title begins by describing the psalm as a “gittith. According to BibleStudyTools.com, a gittith is a stringed instrument – the only one mentioned in Psalms. A Targum describes it as a stringed instrument. The Targums “were explanations of the Hebrew Scriptures in Chaldaic (Western Aramaic) for the benefit of those Jews who had partially or completely ceased to understand [Hebrew].” When Babylon conquered Judea, the Jews had less exposure to their own language and spoke it less or forgot it. It’s also possible that the youngest children may have had little chance to learn it.

Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
You who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!
From the mouths of infants and nursing babies You have established strength
Because of Your enemies,
To do away with the enemy and the revengeful.

This psalm starts off by reminding us of the Lord’s incredible grace in the first couple of verses. We are called to worship and glorify Him…

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have set in place;
What is man that You think of him,
And a son of man that You are concerned about him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!
You have him rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put everything under his feet,
All sheep and oxen,
And also the animals of the field,
The birds of the sky, and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.

In the next five verses, David writes of God’s power and the unmeasurable breadth of His creation!

Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth!

Psalm 8 ends with a reminder of the Lord’s majesty. He is greater than we can imagine, and he’s always there for us.

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