Monday, October 14, 2013

Psalm 8: How Majestic Is Your Name!

Psalm 8: How Majestic Is Your Name!

To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.

Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.

When I look at your heavens,
the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?

Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.

You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,
all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field,
the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!

Psalms 8:1-9 (ESV)

Digging Deeper

"The gittith" was a type of harp; from a word meaning "inhabitant of Gath". Gath was one of five chief cities of the Philistines (Joshua 13:3).

"Majestic" means wide, large or powerful, from a word meaning to expand, to be great or magnificent.

"Name" means the honor, authority or character that belongs to a specific individual. It includes the sense of high position and reputation.

David described two kinds of glory. The "glory" of God (verse 1) means grandeur, to have an imposing form and appearance. The "glory" of humans (verse 5) means weight, in a good sense: splendor or copiousness (abundant, plentiful).

David describes God's form and appearance to be wider, larger and more powerful than anything on earth or in heaven.

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