Psalm 8:1 (NLT)
1 O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
Your glory is higher than the heavens.
Psalms are traditionally thought of as songs, and this one is a wonderful example of a song of praise to God. It starts with a declaration of God and how the writer connects to Him. As we look at how the psalmist looks at and thinks about God, we also look at what it means to us.
The psalmist starts with “O LORD our Lord” — at least that is how it is translated in English. The Hebrew words are Jehovah Adonai, which talk about the Self-Existent God, the Lord and Master. God is the creator of the universe; he is the Lord and Master of the earth and the heavens.
His majestic, excellent, mighty, glorious name fills the earth. His glory, majesty, honour and beauty are higher than the heavens. The psalmist is expressing how overwhelming the majesty of God truly is!
This majesty, awe-inspiring as it is, is then compared to mankind. He talks about how when children speak of God’s strength and power, even God’s enemies are silenced. You see, God is also a personal God. A God who is concerned about you and about me. He cares for each person, from the very young to the elderly.
I often find myself, like the psalmist, overwhelmed with the fact that the God of the universe, the Self-Existent God, is concerned with my well-being. The One who set the moon and the stars in place cares for me! Is it really possible?
Mankind is the creation of God, made of the dust of the ground, yet God has chosen to crown us with glory and honour. Man was created to have dominance over the earth, and everything in it. Yes, you and I were created for this.
That was what mankind was created for, but through sin, we forfeited our position. We gave up our position. It is only when we return to God, becoming the children of God, that we can regain that power and position for which we were created. This is God’s plan for us, paid for by His Son Jesus Christ. Then as we, God’s children, speak of His strength and power – and not of our own strength – it is God who will silence our enemies.
We then, like the psalm, return full circle to where we can proclaim, “O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!”