Psalms 8

* God is to be glorified, for making known himself to us. (1,2)

And for making even the heavenly bodies useful to man, thereby

placing him but little lower than the angels. (3-9)1,2 The psalmist seeks to give unto God the glory due to his

name. How bright this glory shines even in this lower world! He

is ours, for he made us, protects us, and takes special care of

us. The birth, life, preaching, miracles, suffering, death,

resurrection, and ascension of Jesus are known through the

world. No name is so universal, no power and influence so

generally felt, as those of the Saviour of mankind. But how much

brighter it shines in the upper world! We, on this earth, only

hear God's excellent name, and praise that; the angels and

blessed spirits above, see his glory, and praise that; yet he is

exalted far above even their blessing and praise. Sometimes the

grace of God appears wonderfully in young children. Sometimes

the power of God brings to pass great things in his church, by

very weak and unlikely instruments, that the excellency of the

power might the more evidently appear to be of God, and not of

man. This he does, because of his enemies, that he may put them

to silence.
3-9 We are to consider the heavens, that man thus may be

directed to set his affections on things above. What is man, so

mean a creature, that he should be thus honoured! so sinful a

creature, that he should be thus favoured! Man has sovereign

dominion over the inferior creatures, under God, and is

appointed their lord. This refers to Christ. In #Heb 2:6-8|, the

apostle, to prove the sovereign dominion of Christ, shows he is

that Man, that Son of man, here spoken of, whom God has made to

have dominion over the works of his hands. The greatest favour

ever showed to the human race, and the greatest honour ever put

upon human nature, were exemplified in the Lord Jesus. With good

reason does the psalmist conclude as he began, Lord, how

excellent is thy name in all the earth, which has been honoured

with the presence of the Redeemer, and is still enlightened by

his gospel, and governed by his wisdom and power! What words can

reach his praises, who has a right to our obedience as our

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