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.
(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!
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,
Mankind was originally created with a fleshly, human nature that places them lower than the angels who only possess a spiritual nature. This is the same fleshly, human nature that was given to Christ at His incarnation (Heb 2:9).
Both man and Christ (due to their human nature) entered the world CAPABLE of sin. However, mankind willingly committed sin (1 Tim 2:13-14), while Christ successfully opposed sin in His life remaining sinless (Hebs 4:15).
and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
God not only made man with a human nature, but he also made man with “glory” (authority and influence) over the rest of His creation, and “honor” (beauty and respect) from His creation. God made man with a perfect rule over His creation, with creation perfectly obeying man.
Originally, in the Garden of Eden, the creation was in perfect harmony with mankind. Adam and Eve were not faced with animal attacks or animal disobedience to man’s commands, etc. Mankind held authority over God’s creation and creation respected their authority with perfect submission to their commands.
After God had made mankind in an exalted, honored position, but due to mankind’s choice, all of this changed at the fall. No longer did mankind perfectly rule, but now his rule was corrupted and only partially obeyed by creation. All of this lies at the doorstep of mankind. Mankind is fully responsible for this great change…
Ecc 7:29 – Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
Psa 14:1-3 – To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.
The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
In this verse David has reviewed the origin of mankind, their human nature, and their exalted position over creation.
He was created perfectly, yet capable of sin due to his human nature. Although placed in an exalted position over nature, he chose to rebel against God which resulted in his fall.
By understanding this, we can see the Lord’s grace in saving mankind emphasized once again. God made man perfect, man chose to disobey God, and yet God saw fit to intervene and save those who had chosen to rebel against Him!
He has graciously intervened in our lives, saved us and watches over us… even though we chose to disobey Him and mock the very blessings and exalted position we received at creation.
What a wonderful Lord that we serve!
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