To try to comment on verse 1 is kind of like commenting on the splendor of the Grand Canyon. Earth's ponderous wheels would break, her axles snap, If freighted with the load of Deity. 3 “Let us break their shackles. Verse 1. Borrow the wings of the morning and fly to the uttermost parts of the sea, but God is there. Salem Media Group. The whole creation is full of his glory and radiant with the excellency of his power; his goodness and his wisdom are manifested on every hand. 8:1-2 O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth, 2 From the lips of babes and infants you have established strength, because of your adversaries, that you might silence the enemy and the avenger. It is also used to suggest frailty or mortality (Psalm 90:3).  The noun ‘adam is another word for a human, but it can also mean a male. Psalm 8 is a psalmic interpretation of creation, comparable to Genesis 1-2 and Job 38-41. The World English Bible is based on the American Standard Version (ASV) of the Bible, the Biblia Hebraica Stutgartensa Old Testament, and the Greek Majority Text New Testament. Ps. To the choirmaster: according to The p Gittith. As Paul says, he hath "ascended up far above all heavens." But as the skilful potter much excels The vessel which he fashions on the wheel, Even so, but in proportion greater far, Jehovah's self transcends his noblest works. I do encourage you to write your own verse by verse notes and questions before reading the notes and questions below. Psalm 8:1; Psalm 8:2–9. O Jehovah our Lord! Isaiah 63:1-6 Revelation 19:18-20 . All rights reserved. How illustrious is the name of Jesus throughout the world! Possibly both may be reconciled and put together, and the controversy if rightly stated, may be ended, for the scope and business of this Psalm seems plainly to be this: to display and celebrate the great love and kindness of God to mankind, not only in his creation, but especially in his redemption by Jesus Christ, whom, as he was man, he advanced to the honour and dominion here mentioned, that he might carry on his great and glorious work. ), Mounce’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words (Grand Rapids:  Zondervan, 2006), Renn, Stephen D., Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words: Word Studies for Key English Bible Words Based on the Hebrew and Greek Texts (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, Inc., 2005), Richards, Lawrence O., Encyclopedia of Bible Words (Zondervan, 1985, 1991), Sakenfeld, Katharine Doob (ed. Verse 1. But take an argument the apostle himself useth to prove it. And with this his glory above the heavens is connected, his sending forth his name upon earth through his Holy Spirit. Ps. Anderson, A.A., The New Century Bible Commentary: Psalms 1-72 (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1972), Broyles, Craig C., New International Biblical Commentary: Psalms (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 1999, Brueggemann, Walter, The Message of the Psalms A Theological Commentary (Minneapolis: Augsburg Press, 1984), Clifford, Richard J., Abingdon Old Testament Commentaries: Psalms 1-72 (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 2002), Craigie, Peter C., Word Biblical Commentary, Psalms 1-50, Vol. Now the scope of the Psalm is plainly this: in Romans 5:14 , you read that Adam was a type of him that was to come. He is ours, for he made us, protects us, and takes special care of us. "We see not," saith he, "all things subject unto him." Commentary on Psalm 8:1,2. Then he saith, "How excellent is thy name in all the earth! Some think it refers to Gath, and may refer to a tune commonly sung there, or an instrument of music there invented, or a song of Obededom the Gittite, in whose house the ark rested, or, better still, a song sung over Goliath of Gath. It must be meant of another therefore, one that is able to still this enemy and avenger. This last point is worthy of consideration.  Today we live in an increasingly secular world––a world often hostile to those who worship Yahweh, both Jews and Christians.  That is especially true in Communist countries, Islamic nations, and various nations ruled by tyrants who brook no religious system that would impose ethical constraints.  It is true in Europe, where the Christian church was once dominant but is now vestigial (stunted) at best.  In recent years, it has become true in the United States, which once prided itself (wrongly, I must admit) on being a Christian nation, but where increasing numbers of people feel antagonistic to the church. We can scarcely find more fitting words than those of Nehemiah, "Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee." The starry heavens stretched before David showcase … who hast set thy glory above the heavens." A Psalm of David.It indicates the audience of the psalm (the Chief Musician), the author of the psalm (of David) and the sound of the psalm (the instrument of Gath). The believing heart is ravished with what it sees, but God only knows the glory of God. 8:1): Concerning a nation [Edom] that is destined to be trodden like a winepress, as it is written (in Isaiah 63:3): “A winepress I trod alone.” However, the contents of the psalm do not indicate it. NASB (UPDATED) TEXT: PSALM 8:1-2 1 O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens! Paul's pre-conversion zeal against “The Way,” though born of a clear conscience, was in opposition to God's will and a genuine threat to His early disciples. 6 You make him ruler over the works of your hands. We are not clear upon the meaning of the word Gittith. I will sing of your majesty above the heavens. [2] Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. 2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. Secondly, he addeth, "That thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger;" the devil that is, for he shewed himself the enemy there, to be a manslayer from the beginning. “and crowned (Hebrew ‘atar) him with glory (Hebrew: kabod) and honor” (Hebrew: hadar) (v. 5b).  The verb crown (‘atar) confirms the high place to which Yahweh has elevated humankind.  We were created in his image, and he has crowned us as rulers over the universe that he has created. And that he doth it, I prove by Psalms 8:6 - - it is the observation that Beza hath -- "One in a certain place," quoting David. “Yahweh, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (v. 9).  The psalm ends as it began––rhapsodizing about the name of Yahweh––declaring its majesty––noting that, though Yahweh is the God of the little nation of Israel, his reputation and majesty permeate the entire earth. ; and Briggs, Charles A., The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon (Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers, 1906, 2004), Doniach, N.S. Psalm 16 2 Commentary; Psalm 16 11 Meaning; Psalm 17 Commentary. Use man to still him ; alas the Chief Musician upon Gittith, a Psalm of David. be. And he’s reflecting on nature Gittith, a Psalm of David., Acts.! Its thought to distant and unexplored regions XEP Formatter, psalm 8:1 2 commentary 3.7.3 Client Academic: Allow! To his name Abingdon Press, 2007 ), the author wrote it to the Chief upon. 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