Psalm 8:1: The Excellency Of The Lord: “how excellent is thy name in all the earth!”
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!
“O LORD our Lord,
In the opening phrase of this Psalm, King David uses two different Hebrew titles to address the Most High God… “LORD” and “Lord”:
- The title “LORD” is translated from the Hebrew word for Jehovah, the personal name for our God. It speaks of God as the self-existent One, pointing to His strength, eternal existence, and self-sufficiency. In other words, the Lord’s existence is not reliant upon anyone or anything. Because He is all-powerful He is self-existent, He can exist in and of Himself alone, His eternal existence proves this.
- The title “Lord” is translated from the Hebrew word for master, controller, or owner. It describes our God as the Ruler of our lives and the Controller of all the events that take place in this world.
how excellent is thy name in all the earth!
The Lord’s “name” is mentioned by King David. Please keep in mind our name is a title that describes us. “Father”, “Mother”, “Son”, “Daughter”, “Accountant”, “Pastor”, “Rich”, “Poor” are all titles that teach others much about us. These are our names.
The meaning of “excellent” can be best described by the words “glorious”, “beautiful” and “worthy”. When we stop and think about the titles of our God, “Lord”, “Creator”, “Sovereign”, “Alpha and Omega” etc etc. we see they teach us much about the wondrous nature and workings of our Lord. This is why all the titles of God are “excellent”.
However, in the context, King David is describing the title of “LORD” as the excellent title held by the Lord. When we read that The Lord is the self-existent One, it heaps glory upon Him, it makes Him look beautiful, and it proclaims to all of us His great worth.
Truly how excellent is the name of the LORD in all the earth! No other one can rightfully hold this title or be described as “self-existing One”.
who hast set thy glory above the heavens.”
King David now gives us and illustration of the greatness of the LORD…
Simply look up at the skies and see all the glories it contains. In the daytime, notice the wonderfully bright sun that enlightens the world. Look at the miracles of the birds who can soar and fly for seemingly hours on end. See the puffy white clouds that paint our sky with relaxing beauty.
And then at night, look at the details of the stars and planets that are hung there. Be amazed by the displays of the Northern lights, a meteor shower, or the full moon that dimly enlightens the earth.
And, finally, realize that His glory far exceeds all the glories of this atmosphere and the outer space above it. This is how glorious and wondrous our Lord is, when we see Him as His names reveal Him to us.
Folks, today, let us all stop and think about the many names of our wonderful LORD, dwell on His greatness and then praise Him for it…
Psa 148:11-14 –
“Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven. He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; even of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD.”
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