Psalm 8:3: The Excellency Of The Lord: “when I consider Thy heavens”
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!
“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,
King David’s mind turns to the vast glories of the heavens. As he views and reflects upon the heavens, he remembers that they were all created by his God. As David thought on these things, he was reminded of the Lord’s glory, power, and His deity.
“To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.”
“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:”
the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;”
King David draws our attention to the lights found in the night sky… the moon and the stars. David emphasizes that the Lord is the One that “ordained” (established, founded, arranged) them. This helps us to see that, not only did the Lord create them, but He did so based upon His plans and counsels from eternity past.
Folks, in this verse, David reminds us of the great glory of our Lord as it is revealed to us in the skies. Simply by looking at the skies we can see the Jesus’s glory, power, deity, wisdom and lordship over all.
As we progress through our day, may we all remember the wondrous glory of the Lord and understand the preeminent place of the Lord in our lives and the world as a whole. May we dedicate our lives to Him and live for Him from this point forward, knowing that the heavens reveal His great glory and honor to all those that gaze upon them.
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