O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth, who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens! (v. 1, NASB1995)
When read, Psalm 8 quickly becomes a favorite Psalm.
When I want to be uplifted as to my destiny and need faith for victory, I read Psalm 8.
What is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet (vv. 4-6).
It was also a favorite Psalm with the New Testament writers.
As you read Psalm 8 several times, you will note several amazing statements …
Verse 2: That God can establish a stronghold against our enemies, even from the mouth and praise of children and infants. This fact should make all parents consider worshipping with their children.
Verses 3-4: God created the universe, and yet he is mindful of us!
Verses 5-6: We are lower than the angels, but we will be rulers over the works of the Lord in both the Millennium and in eternity.
No wonder King David ended this Psalm the same way that he began this Psalm …
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth, who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens! (v. 1)
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! (v. 9)
Undergirding this Psalm is the word “glory!”
Psalm 8 says in verse 1 that You have set your glory in the heavens, and says in verse 5 about our future that we will be crowned with God’s glory.
Glory is the expressed character of God.
When the New Testament teaches that we are transformed into God’s image, the word “glory” describes the process, “We all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18).
I’ve heard teachers say that we are not to touch the glory of the Lord. They meant that when we live for self-adulation or claim credit for God’s works – we find ourselves living alone without God.
God doesn’t allow His glory to be taken, but He gives it freely to those who seek Him.