For the director of music. According to gittith. A psalm of David.
Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?
You have made them a little lower than the angels
and crowned them with glory and honour.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
you put everything under their feet:
all flocks and herds,
and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
and the fish in the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas.
Lord, our Lord,(Ps. 8:1-9 NIV)
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
There are a number of Psalms that are quoted in the New Testament that are used to describe the person and work of Christ. These are referred to as Messianic Psalms. Some view all the Psalms as Messianic as Christ is the divine Psalm singer. Christ sings the Psalms and we sing the Psalms in Christ. Psalm 8 is quoted in
‘Do you hear what these children are saying?’ they asked him.
‘Yes,’ replied Jesus, ‘have you never read,
‘“From the lips of children and infants(Matt. 21:16 NIV)
you, Lord, have called forth your praise”?’
For he “has put everything under his feet.” Now when it says that “everything” has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ.(1 Cor. 15:27 NIV)
That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church,(Eph. 1:20-22 NIV)
But there is a place where someone has testified:
‘What is mankind that you are mindful of them,
a son of man that you care for him?
You made them a little lower than the angels;
you crowned them with glory and honour
and put everything under their feet.’
In putting everything under them, God left nothing that is not subject to them. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to them. But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honour because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.(Heb. 2:6-9 NIV)
When Christ comes again for His people, he will defeat all his enemies. All those who refused to acknowledge His name, will bow the knee and confess the name of Jesus when Christ is crowned with glory and honour. The chorus of the church (All those who have become as little children Matt 18:1-6) united and victorious will sound out the name of the Lamb who was slain.
As we look up at the stars in the sky the work of God’s fingers, God’s embroidery, what seems so vast for us is but God’s handiwork. We are so small, yet God has conferred glory and honour on us in Christ.
We see Jesus who also was made a little lower than the angels for a short period of time. He took our humanity that He might become obedient to death, even death on the cross, to taste death for all His people. When Christ ascended, He went to take His seat at the right hand of God, crowned with glory and honour.
Man was given dominion over all the earth. Where the first man failed, the second man, the last Adam succeeded, and He inherits the whole earth. Because we are in Christ, we will reign with Him in the New Heavens and the New Earth. Well might we use again the words of the Psalmist. LORD our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth.
LORD our Lord we thank you that you have come to us in grace. Our dignity was that we were made in the image of God. All that we lost in the Fall we will have restored in Jesus Christ. What are we that you should take notice of us, love us and redeem us? We rejoice with a joy that is unspeakable because our words cannot adequately describe all that has been done for us in Christ. LORD our Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth. Receive our praise through Jesus Christ. Amen.