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Psalm 8:4: The Excellency Of The Lord: “What is Man?”

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Psalm 8 is a wonderful Psalm that was written by King David with the central purpose of praising the Lord for his greatness as revealed to us in nature.  By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.

As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory.  May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.

Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.



Psa 8:1-9

(1)  To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. 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 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 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!




What is man, that thou art mindful of him?

King David, when he thinks about the greatness of His Lord, is reminded of man’s inability, sinfulness, and irrelevance.

This leads him to ask His God, “Why do you remember man and give place in your thoughts to him?  Man is sinful, disobedient, impotent, and of no spiritual value apart from you.”  In this question David is emphasizing the THOUGHTS of the Lord.

But King David does not stop there, he then asks the Lord another question to emphasize his point…


and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

“Lord, why do you go to, and care for those who are born of human, fallen, sinful parents?”

Here, David is not speaking of the Lord’s thoughts but of His ACTIONS towards sinful man.  The Lord not only places His thoughts upon man, but He also actively goes to man and lovingly intervenes in his life.



Folks, these are two very important questions that we all need to be considering.  Why does the Lord think about us, seek us, and then graciously intervene in our lives?  After considering the Lord’s greatness, David came to understand the Lord does these things not based upon anything in us.

We do not deserve His gracious intervention nor can we merit it through any good works we might do.  He intervenes in our lives only because He mercifully chooses to do so. May we all praise and honor the Lord this day for His wondrous thoughts and actions that He has shown towards us!


Rom 3:23-28 –

“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:  Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;  To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.  Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.  Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.’



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