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Psalms 8

8
God’s Splendor
For the Pure and Shining One
Set to the melody of “For the Feast of Harvest” # 8 Or “For the director of music, according to gittith.” Gittith could mean “winepress,” or refer to a musical instrument common to the Gittites, making it a Philistine lute (2 Sam. 6:10–11; 15:18). The Moffat translation reads “Set to a vintage melody.” This inscription in the Septuagint is “To the director over the wine vats.” by King David
God’s Majesty
1Yahweh, our Sovereign God,
your glory streams from the heavens above,
filling the earth with the majesty of your name!
People everywhere see your splendor.
2You have built a stronghold by the songs of children.
Strength rises up with the chorus of infants.
This kind of praise has power to shut Satan’s mouth.
Childlike worship will silence # 8:2 Or “muzzle.” There may be a vast difference between the glory of the heavens and the little mouths of children and babies, yet by both the majestic name of the Lord is revealed. It is amazing that perfected praises do not rise to God from the cherubim or seraphim, but from children and babies, the weakest of humanity.
the madness of those who oppose you.
Human Dignity
3Look at the splendor of your skies,
your creative genius glowing in the heavens.
When I gaze at your moon and your stars,
mounted like jewels in their settings,
I know you are the fascinating artist who fashioned it all!
But I have to ask this question:
4Why would you bother with puny, mortal man
or care about human beings? # 8:4 See Job 7:17–21; 25:2–6; Ps. 144:3.
5Yet what honor you have given to men,
created only a little lower than Elohim, # 8:5 This is the same Hebrew word used for the Creator-God in Gen. 1:1.
crowned # 8:5 Or “surrounded.” with glory and magnificence.
6You have delegated to them
rulership over all you have made,
with everything under their authority,
placing earth itself under the feet of your image-bearers. # 8:6 The Septuagint translation of Ps. 8:5–7 is quoted in Heb. 2:6–8. Today, all things are not yet under our feet. Even mosquitoes still come to defeat us. But there will be a time of restoration because of Christ’s redemption, when everything will rest beneath our authority. See Isa. 11:6–9; 65:25; Matt. 19:28; Rev. 20:4–6.
7-8All the created order and every living thing
of the earth, sky, and sea—
the wildest beasts and all that move in the paths of the sea # 8:7–8 The “paths of the sea” speaks of God’s way of deliverance (Isa. 11:15–16), for Jesus was the One who walked on the water (Job 9:8; Ps. 77:19).
everything # 8:7–8 Or “sheep and oxen, beasts of the field, birds of the air, fish of the sea, and everything that moves in the paths of the sea.” is in submission to Adam’s sons.
9Yahweh, our Sovereign God,
your glory streams from the heavens above,
filling the earth with the majesty of your name!
People everywhere see your splendor!
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