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. In this Psalm, David not only uses nature to glorify the Lord, but he also presents to us a series of three truths about Christ that bring honor and glory to the Lord also.
In our previous devotions we have looked at the references to nature that David uses to bring honor to the Christ. Now, for the next three devotional lessons, we will be using David’s first coming prophecies and their fulfillment to bring added glory to Christ. The three truths we will be looking at is found in:
- vs. 3 – Christ as Creator
- vs. 4-5 – Christ as Man
- vs. 6-8 – Christ as Sovereign Lord
(Please note in our previous verse by verse study we’ve looked at the prophecy of Christ found in vs 2. Because of this, we are not looking at this prophecy in this study.)
(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!
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
Normally, when we think of the Creator of this world and all that is in it, we think of God the Father. However, the Bible makes it plain that all three persons of the Godhead played an active role in this world’s creation:
- God The Father – Isa 64:8, Ephesians 3:9
- God The Son – John 1:1-3, John 1:10, 1 Corinthians 8:6, Colossians 1:15-17, Hebrews 1:2
- God The Holy Spirit – Job 33:4, Genesis 1:2
In a very general way, it can be said that God the Father planned the universe, Christ’s work brought it into existence, and the Holy Spirit gave creation the life that is within it.
Based upon this, when David talks about the world being “the work of thy fingers”, he seems to be speaking of Jesus work of actually bringing the world into existence. If we look at some of the verses that describes the work of Christ in creation we will see that The Father used Christ to bring about His plans of creation…
1Co 8:6 – “But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, BY WHOM ARE ALL THINGS, AND WE BY HIM.”
Eph 3:9 – “And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, WHO CREATED ALL THINGS BY Jesus Christ:”
Heb 1:2 – “Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, BY WHOM ALSO HE MADE THE WORLDS;”
Folks, in Psalm 8:3, we have seen Christ exalted as Creator of all things. The very same Lord that chose to come into this sinful world and redeem His people from their sins, is the very same Lord that we serve, and the very same Lord that will come again someday.
This is the very same Lord that created us and sustained us every day. May we all praise and honor the Lord for all He has done for us and may we continue to trust Him daily as we seek to lives our lives for Him.
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