Nature reveals the wondrous work of God, but unfortunately, we do not have the time to admire His creations. The wise of the earth are known for their inventions and their masterpieces, while the creator of heaven and earth is an unsung hero.
LORD, our Lord,Psalms 8:1
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory in the heavens.
David had the sense to admire God through His creations, and he lifted His name higher on this earth and also acknowledged His glory in Heaven. Jesus asked us to pray that His glory in Heaven should also be set on this earth so that people may come to know God. With the help of the Holy Spirit, David always kept the name of the Lord higher than everything else in this world. Paul cautioned the citizens of Rome (Romans 1:20) that no one has an excuse to not know God, as every creation of God is revealing Him.
Through the praise of children and infantsPsalms 8:2
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
David had a clear understanding of God’s working pattern. While King Saul depended on muscle power to conquer nations, David knew that God uses the praise of children and infants to destroy His enemies. When Jesus entered Jerusalem sitting on a colt, the Chief Priests and teachers of the law were indignant because of the praises of small children, and Jesus made them remember this prophecy (Matthew 21:15-16). Praising God restores our strength and brings down the confidence of our enemies.
When I consider your heavens,Psalms 8:3-4
the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
After realizing the Majesty of the Creator, David wondered why the powerful God is so kind to man. We often fail to visualize the Majestic position of God and treat Him like one among us. God testified about David that he was a man after His own heart and favoured him to become the king of Israel. Despite his intimacy with God, David was careful in giving reverence to God.
You have made them a little lower than the angelsPsalms 8:5
and crowned them with glory and honor.
The Book of Hebrews tells us that the angels are the ministering spirits to man. David did not think of them as errands but gave them a place higher than humans. We think that errands are done by the ones who are lower than us in a particular hierarchy (be it the Church or our offices) and we expect their service. Indeed in God’s Kingdom, errands performed by the Royal Kings. Jesus told His disciples while He washed their feet, I came not to be served but to serve. We need to learn to serve our fellow beings rather than expecting to be served.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;Psalms 8:6-8
you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds, and the animals of the wild, the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas.
The above verses depict the profound understanding of David about God and His Provisions. Satan was eager to give Jesus all the kingdom and its splendour if only Jesus worshipped him. By disobeying God, Adam and Eve lost the authority given by God, to satan. Yet, David believed in God’s redeeming power that reinstates the offenders to inherit the Kingdom of God. Though the whole world is in the hands of satan, God redeemed His people through the obedience of His beloved son by disarming the power and authority, and cancelled the charge of legal indebtedness (Colossians1:14-15).
David was able to foresee the things that were going to happen after many centuries and adored His name. Are we able to understand His majesty?
LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!Psalms 8:9
God, help us not to underestimate your power, but to see you always in your majesty and honor you with all our heart.