Today we take a moment to consider the glorious and beautiful Psalm 8.
Psalm 8 (NKJV)
O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, You have set Your glory above the heavens!
Out of the mouth of babes and infants, You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, to silence the enemy and the avenger.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?
For You have made him a little lower than the angels, and You have crowned him with glory and honor.
You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen (flocks and herds)–even the beasts of the field,
The birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, (all) that pass through the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth!
God is great and greatly to be praised!
God is mighty, so He can give even little children power over His evil enemies. Jesus quoted verse 2 after cleansing the temple, as the children praised Him, acknowledging that He is God (Mt. 21:16).
God only needed fingers to create the universe, not a strong arm. And yet God thinks of us and cares for us, small though we are in a vast universe. Look at His greatness, rather than the smallness of our troubles. Know that He takes care of all of it. God is in control.
God has given man dominion or power over creation, but not as an equal to the Creator. It is a gift, not a right. Ultimately, verses 5-6 speak of Christ, the Son of Man, to Whom all authority has been given (Mt. 28:18). All things have been put under His control, and He is “crowned with glory and honor” (Heb. 2:8-9).
This psalm and our meaning start and end with the glory of God and Who He is.