How Majestic is Your Name-Psalm 8

Psalm 8 “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. 2 From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise because of your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. 3 When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, 4 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? 5 You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. 6 You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: 7 all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, 8 the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. 9 O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”
Salmo 8 O Dio, Signore nostro, quant’è magnifico il tuo nome in tutta la terra! Tu hai posto la tua maestà nei cieli. Dalla bocca dei bambini e dei lattanti hai tratto una forza, a causa dei tuoi nemici, per ridurre al silenzio l’avversario e il vendicatore.
Quando io considero i tuoi cieli, opera delle tue dita, la luna e le stelle che tu hai disposte, che cos’è l’uomo perché tu lo ricordi? Il figlio dell’uomo perché te ne prenda cura? 5 Eppure tu lo hai fatto solo di poco inferiore a Dio e lo hai coronato di gloria e d’onore. 6 Tu lo hai fatto dominare sulle opere delle tue mani, hai posto ogni cosa sotto i suoi piedi: 7 pecore e buoi tutti quanti e anche le bestie selvatiche della campagna; gli uccelli del cielo e i pesci del mare, tutto quel che percorre i sentieri dei mari. 9 O Dio, Signore nostro, quant’è magnifico il tuo nome in tutta la terra!
 
     David asserts the word “Lord” twice. The first one is used in general (Yahweh) and the second “Lord” is used as a possessive term (Adonai). The word “majestic” is found both in the beginning and at the end of this Psalm. The original word has its root in the idea of greatness or excellence. Our majestic God is far above what He has created. We have all looked at exquisite landscapes and remarked at how majestic it was. The glory of God is far above His most wondrous creation. 
     Having set the tone of the Psalm, David then ponders the fact that God could graciously entrust man with anything. Notice how the rhetorical question is posed: in the grand scheme of things, man seems so insignificant; yet God cares for him. God has placed man as His representative on earth over creation but under God. It is truly amazing that God would give such honor to fallen man. Although we hold a favored position with God, it is not grounds for pride. But we should take time to thank Him for how gracious and loving He is to us. “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (v. 9).
Pray with me: Lord, I am amazed at Your majesty and how You created everything. Although I sometimes fail at being a good representative of You, You still shower me with Your grace. Help me to reflect more of Your glory in my life.


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