Psalm 8:1-9: The Excellency Of The Lord: Introduction
Psalm 8 is a wonderful Psalm that was written by King David with the central purpose of praising the Lord for his greatness as revealed to us in nature. By God’s grace alone, with hearts filled with reverence and awe, we will be seeing our Lord in all His glory as we look at nature around us.
As a result of seeing God’s greatness, we will also be reminded of man’s insignificance, and God’s great grace which grants to this insignificant man great honor and glory. May we all come to a greater understanding of His greatness, our insufficiency, and His great grace as we enter into this devotional series.
Lord willing, this devotional series (including this introduction) will be 10 lessons in length and will be looking at one verse per devotion.
(1) To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory 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.
(3) When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
(4) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?
(5) For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
(6) Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:
(7) All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;
(8) The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.
(9) O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
“To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.”
Although this opening introductory sentence is not a part of the inspired Scriptures, we can learn a bit about Psalm 8…
First of all, we see that David wrote this Psalm to be sung during times of worship. This is why he gave it to “the chief Musician”.
Secondly, we can also learn that this Psalm was meant to be used “upon Gittith”. A first glance, this may seem to be describing some Jewish feast or celebration upon which this Psalm was meant to be sung. However, according to most scholars, “Gittith” does not speak of a celebration at all, but instead it speaks of the type of musical instrument, or tune that was to be used in the singing of this Psalm.
Please notice that the root word of “Gittith” literally means “a Gittite” or “an inhabitant of Gath”. Gath was a city located in Philistia, the land of the Philistines. Keep in mind, David spent time living with the Philistines and could easily be acquainted with the musical instruments and tunes that they played. This instrument, or tune, is probably to what the term “Gittith” refers.
Finally, the author of this Psalm is identified as King David. Although most scholars have no idea when this Psalm was written, its contents seems to be based upon David’s remembrances of his days as a shepherd boy, living among nature, viewing the wonders of the night sky as he laid down to sleep and viewing the greatness of this earth and its inhabitants during the daylight hours as he watched his father’s sheep.
Folks, how often do we take the time to stop and simply worship and praise at the Lord “in the beauty of His holiness” (1 Chr 16:29, 2 Chr 20:21)? Now is our “big chance” to do just that!
By God’s grace let us all take a moment before we begin each devotional lesson to rid our mind of the temporal, earthly concerns that we face, and prepare to see the Lord in all His glory.
I am seeking His enabling grace to present a very dim view of His greatness to all of us in this short series from Psalm 8. Truly without Him I can do nothing, but through Him I can do all things.
May He bless all of us as we seek to come before Him, and bow down, and kneel before our Lord our Maker…
Psa 95:6-9 – “O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your heart, as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my work.“
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