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 uses a series of prophecies of past events and the future event of Christ’s first coming as a tool to 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 prophesies 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!
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
In our previous study, King David reminded us of God’s great grace in thinking about and intervening in the life of fallen, sinful, rebellious mankind.
However, when we look at the New Testament scriptures, we can see that God “visited” man in the person of Jesus Christ, as found in this description of God’s sending Christ to save sinful mankind…
“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for HE HATH VISITED and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;…”
This thought continues in the next verse….
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
When we compare these verses to Hebrews 2:7-9, we can see that, once again, they clearly speak of Jesus at His first coming to the earth…
“Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. BUT WE SEE JESUS, WHO WAS MADE A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS FOR THE SUFFERING OF DEATH, CROWNED WITH GLORY AND HONOUR; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”
Once again, we can see not only is David speaking of mankind being given a place of high honor above God’s creation, but also, it is prophetically speaking of Jesus Christ at His first coming to the earth to redeem sinners.
Christ’s humanity is described in great detail in Philippians 2:7-11…
“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
Christ was made “in the likeness” of man so that He might be able to suffer and die on the cross for the sins of His people. This speaks to us of the great love and grace of both the Father and the Son. God the Father willingly gave His Son to be a sacrifice for us; while the Son willingly humbled Himself and gave His life for us.
This emphasizes the truth of God’s great loving grace which was shown to fallen, sinful mankind!
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