--- We may explain it also fo the natural prerogatives of man, (Calmet) though (Haydock) this weakens the force of the prophecy. And this glory of God is most eminent in the gospel and the work of redemption. Perhaps it was while David was attending sheep on a clear night with the stars brightly shining that he picked up his Gittith, a stringed instrument in the shape of a winepress. . Vv.1-9.-God's glory seen in the starry heavens enhances His grace in raising seemingly insignificant man, in the person of the Messiah, above all creations. Salmos 8:9 ¡Oh SEÑOR, Señor nuestro, cuán glorioso es tu nombre en toda la tierra! The psalm begins and ends with the same statement of praise, that God's majesty is manifest throughout the earth. 2 O L ord my God, I u cried to you for help, and you have v healed me. note, Psalms 5:11, "thy name") - namely, in "the heavens," which "declare the glory of God" (Psalms 19:1) to men, "in all the earth" (cf. David, it is true, sets before his eyes the wonderful power and glory of God in the creation and government of the material universe; but he only slightly glances at this subject, as it were, in passing, and insists principally on the theme of God’s infinite goodness towards us. were endowed with girls qualifying them to carry the Gospel into Who hath set thy glory above the heavens] Nam in eis robur Dei maxime apparet; for in the heavens (how much more above them) doth the glory of God chiefly appear. To sum up the entire Psalm 23 meaning: God is good. A Psalm of David. 2 O LORD, our Lord, how awesome is your name through all the earth! Among the “royal” Psalms that deal directly with the currently reigning king, are Ps 20, 21, and 72. shone out, and appeared gloriously to Gentiles as well as Jews. The presses. 2:6-8). Definition of psalm noun in Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. Today it is like going camping on a high mountain top and sleeping out under the stars on a summer night. (Berthier) --- The Jews confess that it speaks of the Messias. All the three psalms, Psalms 8:1-9; Psalms 81:1-16; Psalms 84:1-12, which have this title, are of the joyful kind. Oh! The proposed emendations vary considerably. And His name is all-excelling, majestic over all the earth (compare Psalms 104:1 onwards, where that majesty is clearly revealed), for He is Lord of the whole earth and is its Creator. Psalms 8:1-2 "O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth, Who hast set thy glory upon the heavens! » O LORD our Lord, how excellent [is] thy name in all the earth! (Compare the quotations of it in Matthew 21:16; Hebrews 2:6-9; 1 Corinthians 15:27.). glory; in whom is all the fulness of the Godhead, the glory of And it was in consequence, and by virtue of this, that the Jehovah, the one God, who is Lord of all angels and men, and in an especial manner Lord and King of saints; how excellent [is] thy name in all the earth! Hebrews 2:6-10. all the earth. 1 For the leader; “upon the gittith.” * A psalm of David. But if the dedication of it be (as hath been before observed, Ps 4.) Then it means to establish, appoint, ordain, constitute, etc. how. God, as existing in Himself, is nameless. (1) O Lord our Lord.—Jehovah our Lord. Psalms 8:1. In our creation in Adam. Thy name. There is here a contrast between the small (‘our’) and the great (all the earth’) which continues throughout the psalm. I will sing of your majesty above the heavens. good things, which display the love, grace, mercy, and kindness world. Who hast set thy glory above - as a crown (Psalms 8:5) upon "the heavens." You have set your glory above the heavens. Psalm 8:1 Title: Probably a musical term; Psalm 8:4 Or what is a human being that you are mindful of him, / a son of man that you care for him? 2. 1.Our Lord—Equal to the New Testament “Our Father.” David speaks not as a private individual, but for the human race. In all the earth— Whether men perceive and respond to it or not, thy name is excellent. Gospel was spread throughout the earth; for upon Christ's Psalms 8:2. Psalm 8:5 Or him; Psalm 8:5 Or than God; Psalm 8:5 Or him; Psalm 8:6 Or made him ruler . In this view of it, Fenwick supposes that Gittith refers to Christ suffering, and to his consequent trampling his enemies in the wine-press of God's wrath. Yes: the original meaning of Psalm 8:6 does not quite fit what the resurrection reveals about Jesus. A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah. were sent by Christ with it, into all the world; where it has 2000. See Dr. Hammond's first note upon it. 30 I will s extol you, O L ord, for you have drawn me up. faithfulness; and in the subject matter of it, Christ and his 1 The Prophet considering the excellent liberality and Fatherly providence of God toward man, whom he made as it were a god over all his works, doth not only give great thanks, but is astonished with the admiration of the same, as one nothing able to compass … The Psalms: 8: God's Glory and Man's Honor: To the chief Musician upon Git'tith, A Psalm of David. He addressed God as LORD (Yahweh, the covenant keeping God of Israel) our Lord (Adonai, the sovereign over all His creation including His people). powers, became subject to him, and he was made higher than the Gospel of the blessed God, and excels the law in glory. 6.) To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David. Thy name: i.e. Whether גתית, Gittith, signifies a musical instrument or some particular tune, or the beginning of some famous and well-known song, I do not take upon me to determine. The sun, moon, and stars in "the havens" manifest God's "glory" (Psalms 8:3). GOD'S MAJESTY IN CREATION (8:1-2) A. How excellent is thy name — That is, thy glory, as it is explained in the next clause; in all the earth — The works of creation and providence evince and proclaim to all the world that there is an infinite Being, the fountain of all being, power, and perfection; the sovereign Ruler, powerful Protector, and bountiful Benefactor of all creatures. The writer has a thrill of pride as he recognises that YHWH istheirLord, the Lord of His people. Who hast set thy glory above the heavens — Why do I speak of the earth? И в трепете святом благоговею. Psalm 8:1-9 ESV. Its two sides stand for God's eternal glory outside of creation, strong and immoveable as the eternal shores which support the bridge. For the scope and business of this Psalm seems plainly to be this, to display and celebrate the great love and kindness of God to mankind, not only in his creation, but also and especially in his redemption by Jesus Christ; whom, as he was man, he advanced to the honour and dominion here mentioned, that he might carry on that great and glorious work. But if we remember what is said in other passages of Scripture, respecting the impossibility of expressing in words the works of God, we will not be surprised that David, by this exclamation, acknowledges himself unequal to the task of recounting them. ( Malachi perfections; or rather that by which he is made known, and 20., and xv. Title. See Psalms 19:1-3; Romans 1:20. You have set your glory above the heavens. We do not believe, as some allege, that the author took the original reference out of context and gave it a meaning alien to its intended design. may you and I, as we go over it, have our souls led out in divine contemplation of the surpassing glory of our Lord Jesus, who is here so sweetly celebrated as the King and Head of his church and people. This is the first aim of the psalmist, to ascribe praise to YHWH, the One Who is the great and mighty Overlord over His people, the One Whose name and nature is revealed as excellent throughout all the world, by nature if not by man. ‘The name’ to Israel ever indicated the essence of the one to whom the name was applied. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. HIS POWER OVER ENEMIES (2) 1. Isaiah 1:3. It is a great question among interpreters, whether this Psalm speak of man in general, and of the honour which God put upon him in his creation; or only of the man Christ Jesus. how truly hath Jehovah exalted his glory, even in the person of the Lord of glory, Christ Jesus, far above all heavens. comforting and reviving of drooping saints. 1 Corinthians 2:8. Psalm 1 1 Meaning: “Counsel” And you know, if that was all there was to these kinds of men, they might not be so difficult to deal with. Comp. David, therefore, says that the earth is full of the wonderful glory of God, so that the fame or renown thereof not only reaches to the heavens, but ascends far above them. He has chosen them as His people, and they are uniquely His, and yet at the same time His excellence is revealed over the whole world. To the chief Musician upon Gittith. O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; Psalm 145:1 David's Psalm of praise. to one infinitely higher than the chief musician in the temple service, it should seem that this would be more in correspondence to the divine truths of the gospel expressed through every part of it. The angels shouted at the creation, Job 38:4-6, and shall we be dull and dumb? Heb. Article Images Copyright © 2021 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. (Psalm 8:1 NET). and Vulg., “wonderful.” Better, great or exalted. stich; Lat. Psalms 8:1. The Authorised Version may be retained, since it meets all the requirements of the context, and is etymologically correct; though, grammatically, Ewald’s correction, which also agrees with the Vulg., is preferable, “Thou whose splendour is raised above the heavens.” The precise thought in the poet’s mind has also been the subject of contention. The apostle to the Hebrews, in the second chapter, fully shows that not man in general, but the man Christ Jesus in particular, and him only, is the person to whom all power is given in heaven and in earth. The word strength in this verse often refers to a fortress or a similar stronghold. See note on verses: Psalms 8:4, Psalms 8:6. Oh! His name was great in Israel, but not in all the So what does the author of Hebrews do? Psalm 8:1-9 God's Glory Revealed in the Son of Man . In all the earth; not only in Israel, to which the name and knowledge of God was confined, Psalms 76:1 2 147:19, but among all nations; which shows that this Psalm speaks of the Messias, and the times of the New Testament. How Majestic Is Your NameTo the choirmaster: according to The #Ps. Admiratio peperit Philosophiam, saith another, Admiration brought forth philosophy: let it breed devotion in us, and a desire to praise God, who hath therefore displayed his excellencies in his works, that we might give him his due glory. all the divine perfections; so called ( Psalms 63:2 ) ( Gospel times; for not in his time, nor in any period under the Those who think that the psalm is so called because it was composed in the city of Gath, give a strained and far-fetched explanation of the matter. It will be noted that we went back to the KJV in the first line of Psalms 8:1. who hast set thy glory above the heavens. The doctrine is against polytheism, which makes the heavenly bodies the abodes of the gods; and the idea is, that the heavens are, to all the earth, the reflection of the divine glory, even though it awakens no echo in millions of hearts. But the ascription of praise, which might at first sight appear only to stress the glory of His name, also stresses His close relationship with His people. The psalm relates to Christ alone; (Matthew xxi. God’s glory is displayed on earth in His name, His real glory is above the heavens. It ought rather to be referred to the works and properties by which he is known, than to his essence. It must be determined by the parallelism, and by the fact that the poet, in Psalms 8:4, merely expands the thought he had before expressed. blessings of grace it publishes, and the exceeding great and precious promises it contains; and in its usefulness for the Roman Catholic official liturgical texts, such as the … Excellent.—The LXX. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Я в тишине склоняюсь перед Ним. The meaning here is, that in what is referred to, there was, as it were, some basis or foundation for what is called “strength;” that is, that what is here meant by “strength” rested on that as a foundation - to wit, on what was done by babes and sucklings. -, Who hast set thy glory above the heavens -, "O Lord, our Lord How Excellent is thy Name in all the Earth.". 1 Gittith= "winepress," and so, of the harvest, in the sense of judgment Isaiah 63:3; Revelation 19:15; Psalms 7:1, to which the title of Psalms 8. properly belongs, is a Psalm of judgment. Gittith.— lamnatseach al haggittith הגתית על למנצח The word גתית gittith, signifies wine-presses; Ληνων, the LXX. I do not approve of the subtle speculations of those who think the name of God means nothing else but God himself. Psalms and have not let my foes t rejoice over me. Psalm 8:1 In Hebrew texts 8:1-9 is numbered 8:2-10. psalm definition: 1. a holy poem or song, especially one of the 150 collected together in the Bible 2. a holy poem or…. Whether men perceive and respond to it or not, thy name is excellent. 1 O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Under the spirit of prophecy, and with an eye to Christ, the sacred writer of it expresseth his astonishment at the incarnation of Jesus, and then soars in the loftiest strains of adoration and joy at his wonderful glory. There is plainly some error in the text since it is ungrammatical. And, agreeably hereto, this triumphal Psalm is thought to have been composed by David upon his victory over Goliath. It is the glorious This beautiful little volume reminds me of the closeness and intimacy we experience with God through Psalm … Psalms 8:1. Compare Psalms 5:11. the earth: i.e. Matthew 21:15-16. the great subject of this Psalm. which he is called; but either himself, his nature and And David is inviting us to consider what a fortress is like. So the great Creator had become their Deliverer. The creation reflects his glory because it … The doctrine is against polytheism, which makes the heavenly bodies the abodes of the gods; and the idea is, that the heavens are, to all the earth, the reflection of the divine glory, even though it awakens no echo in millions of hearts. In the second line (Gr. 18. Additional Resources: Another interpretation of Psalm 23 can be found here, “Praying the 23rd Psalm.” Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. (129) Besides, the Holy Spirit, who directed David’s tongue, doubtless intended, by his instrumentality, to awaken men from the torpor and indifference which is common to them, so that they may not content themselves with celebrating the infinite love of God and the innumerable benefits which they receive at his hand, in their sparing and frigid manner, but may rather apply their whole hearts to this holy exercise, and put forth in it their highest efforts. Gittith also is supposed to be the name of a tune, or song, or instrument so called, because it was either invented or much used in Gath. (Menochius). translation of this clause is uncertain. This clause shows that this is said by David prophetically of Let these things, however, be as they may, the several scriptures which refer to this Psalm so decidedly explain it upon the principles of the gospel, that the most ordinary reader cannot but be led to observe how much it treats of Jesus and his glories. Numbering of the Psalms differs—mostly by one, see table—between the Hebrew and Greek (Septuagint) manuscripts.Protestant translations (Lutheran, Anglican, Calvinist) use the Hebrew numbering, but other Christian traditions vary: . It relates, however, more eminently to our Blessed Saviour's victorious resurrection from the grave, and his triumphal ascension into heaven, whereby our human nature was exalted above all the creatures in the world. Where a man cannot look beside a miracle, so full of God are all places. Psalm 72:17-19 Set thy glory above’ heavens— “Set” is here used in the royal sense, Thou hast enthroned thy majesty above the heavens. To the chief Musician upon Gittith] Upon the cittern, or gittern, brought from Gath, saith the Chaldee paraphrast; or, that was used by the sons of Obed Edom, the Gittite, 2 Samuel 6:10; or, that was sung at the wine presses, as the Greek hath it, for a thanksgiving in time of vintage: This last Aben Ezra disliketh, though I see no reason why he should, Vani heroines exponunt de torculari (Aben-Ezra). by the "name" of God is not meant any particular name of his, by who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Equal to the New Testament “Our Father.” David speaks not as a private individual, but for the human race. Reader! The psalm ends the way it began, praising the excellence of God's name in all the earth, which is the proper response of His creation, especially man (9). Some take the clause to refer to the praises raised in Jehovah’s honour higher than the heavens, a thought parallel to the preceding clause; others, to the visible glory spread over the sky. 85:9 ) ; and For the first time in the Book of Psalms the personal feeling is consciously lost sight of in a larger, a national, or possibly human feeling. If we read this verse according to the authority we have to read it, where the word Lord, when translated in capitals, means Jehovah, and where the same word Lord, in smaller letters, means Adonai, then it will be beautiful indeed for then the expression carries with it the Lord Jehovah as beheld in a covenant way in Christ. How great, how illustrious, how magnificent is the glory of this Being in all the earth! David begins with the exclamation, “O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth, who have displayed Your sp… Always. Thy name, i.e. 2:12 ) ; but this was true of the first times of the Gospel; The ancient versions also disagree. The Gittith was an instrument, or possibly a tune, invented in Gath, whence David brought it after his sojourn there with Achish (1 Samuel 27:2); or else it is derived from gat (Hebrew #1660), a wine-press, being used on occasions of joy, like the vintage. He is not only ‘the Lord’, He isourLord. The psalmist, however, seems to look forward to the times of the gospel, when the name of God, which was before great in Israel only, should be made known by divine revelation to all the earth, the very ends of which are to see his great salvation. So Christ is the principal subject of this Psalm, of whom it is interpreted, both by Christ himself, Matthew 21:16, and by his holy apostle, 1 Corinthians 15:27 Hebrews 2:6,7. PSALM 8 * Divine Majesty and Human Dignity. A Psalm of David. He interprets the psalm to make it fit Christ. 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