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Psalm 8:3: The Excellency Of The Lord: “when I consider Thy heavens”

SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

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.

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

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!

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,

King David’s mind turns to the vast glories of the heavens.  As he views and reflects upon the heavens, he remembers that they were all created by his God.  As David thought on these things, he was reminded of the Lord’s glory, power, and His deity.

 

Psa 19:1

“To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”

 

Rom 1:20

“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”

 

the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;”

King David draws our attention to the lights found in the night sky… the moon and the stars.  David emphasizes that the Lord is the One that “ordained” (established, founded, arranged) them.    This helps us to see that, not only did the Lord create them, but He did so based upon His plans and counsels from eternity past.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, in this verse, David reminds us of the great glory of our Lord as it is revealed to us in the skies.  Simply by looking at the skies we can see the Jesus’s glory, power, deity, wisdom and lordship over all.

As we progress through our day, may we all remember the wondrous glory of the Lord and understand the preeminent place of the Lord in our lives and the world as a whole. May we dedicate our lives to Him and live for Him from this point forward, knowing that the heavens reveal His great glory and honor to all those that gaze upon them.

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Psalm 8:1: The Excellency Of The Lord: “how excellent is thy name in all the earth!”

SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

 

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.

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

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!

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

“O LORD our Lord,

In the opening phrase of this Psalm, King David uses two different Hebrew titles to address the Most High God… “LORD” and “Lord”:

  1. The title “LORD” is translated from the Hebrew word for Jehovah, the personal name for our God.  It speaks of God as the self-existent One, pointing to His strength, eternal existence, and self-sufficiency.  In other words, the Lord’s existence is not reliant upon anyone or anything.  Because He is all-powerful He is self-existent, He can exist in and of Himself alone, His eternal existence proves this.
  2. The title “Lord” is translated from the Hebrew word for master, controller, or owner.  It describes our God as the Ruler of our lives and the Controller of all the events that take place in this world.

  

how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

The Lord’s “name” is mentioned by King David.  Please keep in mind our name is a title that describes us.  “Father”, “Mother”, “Son”, “Daughter”, “Accountant”, “Pastor”, “Rich”, “Poor” are all titles that teach others much about us.  These are our names.

The meaning of “excellent” can be best described by the words “glorious”, “beautiful” and “worthy”.  When we stop and think about the titles of our God, “Lord”, “Creator”, “Sovereign”, “Alpha and Omega” etc etc. we see they teach us much about the wondrous nature and workings of our Lord.   This is why all the titles of God are “excellent”.

However, in the context, King David is describing the title of “LORD” as the excellent title held by the Lord.  When we read that The Lord is the self-existent One, it heaps glory upon Him, it makes Him look beautiful, and it proclaims to all of us His great worth.

Truly how excellent is the name of the LORD in all the earth!  No other one can rightfully hold this title or be described as “self-existing One”.

 

who hast set thy glory above the heavens.”

King David now gives us and illustration of the greatness of the LORD…

Simply look up at the skies and see all the glories it contains.  In the daytime, notice the wonderfully bright sun that enlightens the world.  Look at the miracles of the birds who can soar and fly for seemingly hours on end.  See the puffy white clouds that paint our sky with relaxing beauty.

And then at night, look at the details of the stars and planets that are hung there. Be amazed by the displays of the Northern lights, a meteor shower, or the full moon that dimly enlightens the earth.

And, finally, realize that His glory far exceeds all the glories of this atmosphere and the outer space above it.  This is how glorious and wondrous our Lord is, when we see Him as His names reveal Him to us.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, today, let us all stop and think about the many names of our wonderful LORD, dwell on His greatness and then praise Him for it…

Psa 148:11-14 –

“Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth:  Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children:  Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven.  He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD.”

 

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Psalm 8:1-9: The Excellency Of The Lord: Introduction

SIH TOTT ICONINTRODUCTION TO OUR SERIES:

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.

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

 

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!

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

“To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.”

Although this opening introductory sentence is not a part of the inspired Scriptures, we can learn a bit about Psalm 8…

 

First of all, we see that David wrote this Psalm to be sung during times of worship.  This is why he gave it to “the chief Musician”.

 

Secondly, we can also learn that this Psalm was meant to be used “upon Gittith”.  A first glance, this may seem to be describing some Jewish feast or celebration upon which this Psalm was meant to be sung.  However, according to most scholars, “Gittith” does not speak of a celebration at all, but instead it speaks of the type of musical instrument, or tune that was to be used in the singing of this Psalm.

Please notice that the root word of “Gittith” literally means “a Gittite” or “an inhabitant of Gath”.  Gath was a city located in Philistia, the land of the Philistines.  Keep in mind, David spent time living with the Philistines and could easily be acquainted with the musical instruments and tunes that they played.  This instrument, or tune, is probably to what the term “Gittith” refers.

 

Finally, the author of this Psalm is identified as King David.  Although most scholars have no idea when this Psalm was written, its contents seems to be based upon David’s remembrances of his days as a shepherd boy, living among nature, viewing the wonders of the night sky as he laid down to sleep and viewing the greatness of this earth and its inhabitants during the daylight hours as he watched his father’s sheep.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, how often do we take the time to stop and simply worship and praise at the Lord “in the beauty of His holiness” (1 Chr 16:29, 2 Chr 20:21)?   Now is our “big chance” to do just that!

By God’s grace let us all take a moment before we begin each devotional lesson to rid our mind of the temporal, earthly concerns that we face, and prepare to see the Lord in all His glory.

I am seeking His enabling grace to present a very dim view of His greatness to all of us in this short series from Psalm 8.  Truly without Him I can do nothing, but through Him I can do all things.

May He bless all of us as we seek to come before Him, and bow down, and kneel before our Lord our Maker…

 

Psa 95:6-9 – “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,  Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness:  When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.“

 

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Setting The proper Example For Christ… Living Holy Lives For Him!

SIH HALTAL ICONRom 12:1-2 – i beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 

 

For the SIH devotional video on this subject:

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To Be An Example We Must Follow His Example

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